(National Sentinel)Â Security Risk: Nearly 300 people traveling with the closest migrant caravan now traversing Mexico enroute to the United States are known criminals and gang members, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
Gang bangers belong mostly to the MS-13 gang, while known criminals include people with convictions for sexual assault on a child, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, armed robbery, and assault on a female, DHS officials noted Monday.
And mind you, these are only the people that DHS is aware of.
“We continue to be concerned about individuals along the caravan route. In fact, over 270 individuals along the caravan route have criminal histories, including known gang membership.Â Those include a number of violent criminals â€“ examples include aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, armed robbery, sexual assault on a child, and assault on a female,” officials with Homeland Security noted.
“Mexican officials have also publicly stated that criminal groups have infiltrated the caravan. We also continue to see individuals from over 20 countries in this flow from countries such as Somalia, India, Haiti, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh. There is a large segment of this population that we know nothing about and we must be prepared to defend our border and enforce our laws to protect the citizens of our country,” said the department on its website.
In late October, the Mexican ambassador to the U.S.Â describedÂ some of the caravan members as â€œvery violent.â€
â€œUnfortunately, some of the people in the caravan have been very violent against authority, even though they have offered the possibility of entering in compliance with immigration law and refugee status.â€
Mexicoâ€™s Interior Minister Navarrete Prida,Â speakingÂ on Radio Enfoque (Focus) on Oct. 30, confirmed that some criminal groups have infiltrated at least the lead caravan.
â€œI have videos from Guatemala that show men dressed in identical clothing, sporting the same haircuts, handing out money to women to persuade them to move to the front of the caravanâ€¦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,” Prida said.
Democrats have been criticizing POTUS Donald Trump’s decision to send active-duty U.S. troops to the border to assist National Guard forces and federal immigration authorities because the caravan represents a threat to the country’s security. If they win tomorrow, this problem will only get worse.
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