Trump claimed on Tuesday that the situation along the U.S.-Mexico border has become so dire and dangerous he’s going to send U.S. troops to protect it, once again wallowing in incoherent scare rhetoric about immigration. It’s all part of his renewed scare campaign about immigration.
Teaming up with Fox News, Trump has for days been wildly hyping the idea that a massive caravan of would-be immigrants would soon be descending on the U.S. border.
“The big Caravan of People from Honduras, now coming across Mexico and heading to our ‘Weak Laws’ Border, had better be stopped before it gets there,” Trump tweeted.
But he’s lying, of course. None of this matches realty.
The annual caravan in question, which has taken place for years and most often without notice from the United States, has already stalled in Mexico. And there appears to be no plan for members to continue on to the U.S. border.
“There were reports Mexican officials were seeking to end the caravan, but it was for all intents and purposes over anyway,” the Associated Press reported. “The participants were never equipped to march en masse to the U.S. border or anywhere near it.”
Indeed, the peaceful protest was halted days ago in the town of Matias Romero in the southern state of Oaxaca, according to the AP.
So no, there isn’t some marauding mob — a massive caravan — heading to the U.S. in order to swamp the border, as CNN’s Jim Acosta stressed, following Trump’s racist, white-nationalist comments on Tuesday.
“We should point out when he’s talking about this caravan of people coming up through Central America, through Mexico, that is not a new phenomena. That is almost a peaceful protest that’s been happening over the years,” said Acosta.
“It’s a human right march in some sense, in that it sheds light on the people of Central America, the very difficult condition they’re going through.”
The mass movement of people is known as the “Stations of the Cross” caravan, and it’s been held in southern Mexico for about 10 years. “The event first began as short processions of migrants, some dressed in biblical garb and carrying crosses, as an Easter-season protest against the kidnappings, extortion, beatings and killings suffered by many Central American migrants as they cross Mexico,” Time reported.
Who else but Trump would try to a take a “Stations of the Cross” human rights march and turn it into caravan of destruction?