Fox News interviewed members of the thousands-strong migrant mass heading toward the U.S. border Tuesday morning.
The embedded reporter spoke with multiple members of the march and received some stunning answers. One migrant told the reporter that there were many “criminals” traveling in the caravan.
“Criminals are everywhere,” the migrant said through an interpreter. “It’s criminals in here. It is. But it is not that many. It is good people here trying to get through Mexico and then get to the United States. It doesn’t mean that everybody is a criminal.”
The firsthand account appears to refute the narrative that the migrant caravan is simply people searching for a better home.
In a tweet Monday, Trump said that “Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in” with the migrant caravan. (RELATED: Train Of Central American Migrants Swells In Number Despite Warnings From Trump)
Sadly, it looks like Mexico’s Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan heading to the Southern Border of the United States. Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in. I have alerted Border Patrol and Military that this is a National Emergy. Must change laws!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 22, 2018
Late Monday, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said she “absolutely” has evidence that “suspected or known terrorists,” are attempting to enter the country illegally every day.
Sanders says @POTUS “absolutely” has evidence of “unknown Middle Easterners” in the Central American caravan. “We have 10 individuals, suspected or known terrorists, that try to enter our country illegally every day.” She says @POTUS has been talking about it for a long time. pic.twitter.com/tglRM5kYbG
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) October 22, 2018
Trump threatened to cut off funding for Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador for letting the caravan pass through their countries. More than $500 million in U.S. funding goes to the three countries each year.