The Central American migrant caravan making its way through Mexico toward the U.S. border has garnered much attention from conservatives who have warned that criminals, dangerous gang members, and even terrorists could be mixed in among the thousands of relatively innocent migrants seeking asylum.
Chief among those warning about the caravan is Fox News host Sean Hannity, who said during his daily radio program on Friday that some in the caravan may be planning to “firebomb anybody that gets in their way.”
Hannity said: “There’s a DHS study, Department of Homeland Security — and listen to this, we’re getting more information — Department of Homeland Security has identified at least 270 members of the caravan now heading to the U.S. border who are violent convicted criminals.”
Hannity drops bombshell about “firebombs”
As part of their perpetual effort to discredit Hannity, far-left smear merchants Media Matters shared a brief clip of Hannity’s program that featured him speaking about the dangers posed by some in the caravan, with the clear insinuation being that Hannity had no supporting evidence for his claims and was simply lying and fear-mongering to his audience.
“We had, according to a top Mexican official, some caravan members are planning to firebomb anybody that gets in their way,” Hannity revealed.
But if Media Matters had listened to Hannity past the point where he mentioned “firebombs,” they may have heard him reference a release from DHS titled “Myth vs. Fact: Caravan” which answered numerous basic questions about the caravan and the federal government’s response to it.
Instead, they chose to ignore that and smear Hannity as an ignorant liar and conspiracy theorist.
DHS report on caravan
The DHS release noted that “over 270 individuals along the caravan route have criminal histories, including known gang membership. Those include a number of violent criminals — examples include aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, armed robbery, sexual assault on a child, and assault on a female.”
Further, it is known to U.S. and Mexican officials that “criminal groups” have “infiltrated” the caravan, and that the caravan does not only comprise people from Central America, but in fact contains individuals from some 20 different nations, including countries like “Somalia, India, Haiti, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh.”
The Mexican ambassador to the U.S. said on Oct. 29 that some members of the caravan have been “very violent” toward lawful authorities.
On Oct. 30, Mexican Interior Minister Navarette Prida told a local radio station of the known criminals in the caravan: “We know, for a fact, that some members of the caravan threatened (Mexican) Migration Institute personnel and we have images showing many of them preparing Molotov cocktails.”
That report shows that Hannity was entirely accurate in what he said on his radio show — despite reports to the contrary from Media Matters.
The left absolutely refuses to admit it, but the migrant caravan moving through Mexico is not composed entirely of poor women and starving children who are simply trying to flee their own terrible countries for a chance to immigrate to America.
It also contains known convicted criminals, known gang members and potential terrorists, many of whom have already shown that they will resort to violence to get their way.