Caravan Coverage Veers Into a Ditch



Comedian Bill Maher says the media are “doing Donald Trump’s bidding” on coverage of the Central American caravans wending their way north through Mexico.

If Leftist activists are upset, their anger is misdirected.

Since Congress has failed to provide the Executive Branch the authority to detain families as a unit until a determination can be made about their claims to enter the United States, the administration has been forced to revert to catch-and-release policies. The inevitable result is that parents with children have been crossing in record numbers. In September, 16,658 family members were arrested along the Mexican border, up 80 percent from July and more than any other month on record.

With catch-and-release policies back in place, more caravans are ramping up. Central American migrants say they are making the journey because they know they can make it out of detention easily with children in tow.

“If they feel there will be separation, they don’t come,” President Trump said this month.

Inverting the president’s logic, mainstream media outlets reporting on the renewed migrant surge concluded that zero tolerance policies at the border “don’t work.” This is nonsense, since zero tolerance was never given the time to work.

Now that zero-tolerance been zeroed out, human smugglers are back to hustling business.

“Before, they would say it wasn’t a good time to go,” relates Dora Alonzo Quijivix, a community leader in Guatemala’s western highlands. “Now they offer to make your dreams come true.”

The New York Times, Esquire and other media outlets repeatedly discount and deride Trump’s legitimate concerns about the Central American caravans as mere campaign rhetoric. While soft-pedaling the obviously orchestrated aspects of the sojourn, journalists ridicule the president and marginalize the executive’s constitutional duty to secure America’s borders.

When discussing the administration’s options, the media reduce them to an extreme binary (and false) choice: mobilizing U.S. troops or admitting the migrants on “humanitarian” grounds. In fact, there are several solutions in between.

“This isn’t a military problem. It’s a law-enforcement problem, and one that ordinary civilian law enforcement can solve if provided with the right tools,” notes Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies. Read his list of policy options and legal reforms here.

Clearly, serious immigration issues demand serious reporting. If we can agree with Maher on anything it is that media coverage of the caravan has been remarkably unserious.

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Bob Dane, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)'s Executive Director, has been with FAIR since 2006. His deep belief is that immigration is the most transformational determinant of where we are heading as a nation and that our policies must be reformed in the public interest. Over many years on thousands of radio, TV and print interviews, Bob has made the case that unless immigration is regulated and sensibly reduced, it will be difficult for America to reduce unemployment, increase wages, improve health care and education and heighten national security. Prior to joining FAIR, Bob spent twenty years in network radio, marketing and communications after an earlier career in policy and budgeting within the Reagan Administration. Bob has a degree from George Mason University in Public Administration and Management.

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    My husband identity was stolen by an illegal Mexican, he still having the American Dream and we have the bills he leaves behind. I know who he is , his real name, even a mug shot of his ugly face. Reported the thief to All proper authorities including ICE and he is still free, he lives in Chicago where he is protected and we live in another State far away. He took complete identity of my husband ruining our lives financially and emotionally. The illegal man has more rights than us, He was finally charged with TRYING to steal identity and fraudulent drivers license and he was out the same day with with only one thousand dollar bond. I spend six years and counting of my life disputing fraudulent charges , trying to clear fraudulent medical records “which I was denied an investigation by the Dept. of Health & Human Services: leaving the thief fraudulent medical records linked to my husband, jeopardizing his health. I tried everything to get this man deported and the justice dept.failed us. no one listen to us and we the victims feel ignored and on our own.
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    . My story is long and painful , the burden is overwhelming as the thief continues using my husband’s name to try and collect Workers compensation benefits. Everyone’s tells me to get an attorney but I cant afford one, so I’m doing what a paid attorney will do to clear your name and fight for you, I was able to clear my husband’s fraudulent charges with the Credit Bureaus and place a fraud alert which it helps but it also affect us and this is why:: when you place a fraud alert any credit card or loan we apply for, the questionnaire they have is all about the thief fraudulent activities that we cant answer as it belongs to the thief, so they can even verified my husband information/identity and we get denied. so yes I cleared the fraudulent charges which is great and my husband’s credit score is excellent but we cannot get credit. So I called the credit bureaus to see how can we dispute the questionnaire and they told me they cannot delete/erase those questions. So yes definitely I need an attorney for that one, it is sad and heartbreaking that the laws doesn’t protect victims of identity theft and that they can get free attorneys and we have to pay for one to clear all the fraudulent charges, medical fraud, expunge criminal records all created by the thief. I was able to clear all the IRS and Social Security fraudulent employment records, I was able to get the fraudulent mortgage records which foreclosed due to the thief no paying a cent, I was able to have the licence revoked, I was able to get all the WC benefits amount the thief received under my husband’s name, I was able to identify him, where he lives, works, and his family member’s, many people don’t get that far as is a full time job, I will never stop until justice is served, is a shame that after years of hard work and providing the evidence that I collected to the authorities the thief is still free and not deported. With that said, all AMERICAN citizens should be aware that one day it could be you, that we are not the only victims there are million of people that are victims of IT, that laws need to be change as this is a business for these people and since the laws are not tough enough they get away with it and we suffer the consequences with no help from our own government. I have a lot of more work to do to clear my husband fraudulent medical records. I cant even sue the thief, i tried contacting attorneys and one told me “what are you going to get $10..00 a week”, made me feel like crap and understood then that I was on my own unless I paid. So I will continue to educate myself to support and help my husband get his life back. BUT If anyone knows a pro-bono attorney please let me know, I cant use the help, is not easy. Tips: always check your credit report, medical records and employment with your local social security Adm. unfortunately when I met my husband his identity was already stolen, so yes I started as his girlfriend, then fiance and now my husband working hard to get his life back, yes since I met him. He had no clue his ID was stolen. He owes me lol. he is lucky to have me, I love him and I care for him, I will not let an Illegal ruin our lives EVER. believe me no one have the time to deal with this but someone has to do it or the thief will become the US citizen and we the Illegals. It happened already….God Bless us all and protect your identity as you protect your life, because is your life they’ll take away slowly and quietly,

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    Why would anyone even listen to one of the worst Comedians on earth? Bill Maher is not good at making anyone laugh unless it’s to see his stupid face! What does he know about running a nation? Nothing!
    President Trump is a real leader! President Trump is doing everything right! This on-coming horde is not a Caravan but an INVADING HOSTILE ARMY using helpless children as shields! One of the most disgusting army in history and the left is paying for them to invade the U.S.!

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    We can’t let the lower races overwhelm us. I live in a large city where large sections look like little tijuanas with low-income illegal mothers dragging 3 or 4 children to public schools.Enough!!! A recent Gallup poll states that 37 million Latin America’s would like to migrate.

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    Trump needs to declare a national security emergency, which this is. Do whatever (and I mean whatever) is necessary to keep these invaders from touching US soil. Stop all asylum applications, catch and deport.

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    Keep them out or where will AMERICA be ? When one country can’t provide for more than one country or whever wants to come here. The land, food, water, cars, clothing, homes, etc.. Use common sense. Use your brains.

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    Actually the media does the exact opposite of what Bill Maher suggests. They ignore the fact that if this caravan has 14 thousand people, that is just about the number who cross in a couple weeks anyway. Day after day, week after week, month after month, more than a thousand people a day, while all the pundits they quote act as if this caravan is only a case of one and done, so why worry about it.

    And if the media wanted to be honest and unbiased, much less “doing Donald Trump’s bidding”, they would report on the fact that immigrants, legal and illegal, use welfare programs at a higher rate than native born Americans while paying far less than their proportionate share of taxes. You will never hear on any “mainstream” media or publication about the huge welfare burden that the US born children of low paid low educated illegals are.

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    Yes Bob

    You summed it up well….but meanwhile the 5000+ Military plans to successfully keep the caravan out of America, according to the DHS Director. Keep the Military logistics of the operation Top Secret….or the Open Border Party will give them our plans…