The caravan took off from Honduras last week with less than 200 people. It is now estimated to have grown to include more than 2,000 immigrants whose ultimate destination, in many instances, is the United States border. That situation is bad enough on its own, especially at a time when our Border Patrol agents are under immense pressure stemming from an unprecedented surge of family activity. But according to reports from Guatemala – where the caravan is as of Friday morning – the actual situation could be far worse. Because if even one or two of the caravan’s population are Islamic terrorists intent on launching an attack inside the U.S., the price we pay for inaction here could be catastrophic.
From Judicial Watch:
In a startling revelation, Guatemala’s president announced in the country’s largest newspaper that nearly 100 ISIS terrorists have been apprehended in the impoverished Central American nation. Why should Americans care about this? A caravan of Central American migrants is making its way north. Let’s not forget that Guatemala is one of the countries that bombarded the U.S. with illegal immigrant minors under Barack Obama’s open border free-for-all. They came in droves from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala through the Mexican border and for years Uncle Sam rolled out the welcome mat offering housing, food, medical treatment and a free education
A terrorist could have easily slipped in considering the minors, coined Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC), were not properly vetted and some turned out to be violent gangbangers who went on to commit heinous crimes in their adopted land of opportunity. In fact, the nation’s most violent street gang, Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), was energized by the barrage of UACs. The Texas Department of Public Safety even issued a report documenting how the MS-13 emerged as a top tier gang in the state thanks to the influx of illegal alien gang members that came with the UACs. At the time more than 60,000 UACs—many with criminal histories—had stormed into the U.S. in a matter of months. Tens of thousands more eventually made it north.
This is absolutely unacceptable. As President Trump well knows (because he has said as much), the U.S. must eliminate to the best of our ability any avenue through which hostile Islamist actors could gain entry. That’s what the travel ban was all about! That’s what slashing the refugee numbers was all about! So it makes no sense to stand by and do nothing while this caravan approaches the border.
Trump threatened this week to send the U.S. military to South Texas and “shut down” the border completely in anticipation of the caravan. If that seemed like an extreme solution two days ago, it sounds like prudent national security right now.