American Media is Driving the Honduran Caravan Crisis
The news media today has stopped simply reporting news. They have become entertainment conglomerates and like a Hollywood movie resort to using staging, script writing, and sensationalizing stories to make them more engaging. The more viewers who are watching, the higher the network ratings become; attracting more advertising. Also, like a Hollywood movie, anyone who detaches can identify what is realistically possible and what is a fantasy-based narrative. The caravan journey of refugees from Honduras is the media’s latest venture into fictional reporting
The Numbers Don't Add Up
Simple math should tell us that the reporting we are seeing has been scripted. We all watched the caravan as they made their way across Guatemala. An estimated 4000 people made it to the bridge crossing. It is said that 2000 chose to return to Honduras on buses provided by the government. The remaining group suddenly swelled in number to 7000 and inexplicably all made it past the federal officers who had them contained on the bridge.
It is true , people can travel great distances on foot, if they are prepared to do so, have needed supplies and are physically fit. We have all marveled at the few individuals who have trekked across America on cycle or foot to support a charity or a cause. Few of us believe it is a journey we could make. A 2700-3000 mile journey requires training preparation and support. These athletes have support vehicles that follow them to carry supplies of food, places to rest, and provide care to the athletes. Supposedly those in the caravan do not.
You Can't Live Without Supplies
Only Superman Can Walk 135 miles in a Day.
This caravan has two options to travel, a journey of 1500 miles to the nearest crossing point in Texas that would have the group traveling through very treacherous terrain or a 3000 mile journey along an easy trail to the California border. Most people in reasonable shape can walk 25 miles in a day if they push themselves. The next day they would likely be too sore to stand. It would be highly unlikely they could walk 25 miles the next day. On their journey across Guatemala though, this caravan averaged 135 miles per day. In and of itself this distance traveled should make the story implausible but next we must consider the travelers themselves.
It Takes More Than a Will To Walk 3000 Miles.
They Don't Look Like Olympians
While there are some well-conditioned people in the group, we have all seen pictures of old women, infants, children, and obese people making the journey. None of these people look fatigued. Their clothes always seem to be clean. Some are carrying nothing with them while other have small back packs. This makes no sense whatsoever. People require food and water. Just for basic survival the group would require several truckloads of supplies for each meal. But the media narrative wants us to believe they do not have logistical support. In reality they do have logistical support, and they do have transportation. The marches themselves are nothing more than scene shots. If we were to blindly accept that everyone in the group could travel 25 miles each day (without food, water, or recovery time) the trip would take 60-120 days to complete.
A Look at Who is Involved.
It is difficult to know who is participating in the caravan. Certainly, there are some people who are legitimate refugees. Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador are extremely dangerous places to live. Gangs control much of the country and have been known to take over schools and force school children into affiliating themselves with the gang, forcing others into prostitution or servitude, and killing those who stand in their way. In some parts of the country police are helpless to regain control. Anyone in such a situation would be desperate to escape.
Others are coming from an inability to find work in their homeland and are traveling in the hope of securing a job, in a safe place, where they can raise their family. They are part of a second or third wave of immigrants which have already succeeded in penetrating the U.S. under the previous administration. They have heard stories of people successfully entering the United States and obtaining work. As long as American employers are willing to hire illegal workers, and the government does not penalize the employers, more will come in search of employment.
Opportunistic Mexicans Join the Caravan
Mexicans Blend in
It is very likely that some Mexicans have joined the caravan. While conditions in Mexico are much better than its southern neighbors, there are many Mexicans who enter the United States illegally for greater employment opportunities. Americans have greater sympathy for those traveling as true refugees from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala than they do for Mexicans who enjoy a better standard of living than their counterparts. By joining an organized group which included refugees, Mexican nationals have a greater chance of entering the U.S.
MS-13 Gang Members
Some Are Legitimate Refugees Some Are Gang Members
There should be no doubt that some of the travelers are gang members. MS-13 has made a horrifying impact on life for those living in Central America. They have also been infiltrating the U.S. often using children who are not their own as a ticket to entry. Blending in with a large group allows them the cover needed to successfully breach American territory.
America's Other Border
Gangs to the Right, Terrorists to the Left
There is a possibility that foreign terrorists have blended into the group. Qurans have been found at the southern border in the past. Foreigners from countries other than Central America have been intercepted at the border, including Chinese nationals.Terrorists, however, are more likely to enter the United States through Canada while the worlds attention is focused on our southern border. While some of the Mexican border is vulnerable, much of the Canadian border is entirely unprotected.
Many speculate that there is a political purpose driving this current migration. Democrats blame Republicans and Republicans blame Democrats. Each believe the other is trying to influence the outcome of the mid-term elections. It is unlikely either party is directly involved, but it does make a good conspiracy theory. There are flaws in both theories, but that does not mean third parties are not acting on their own to influence the elections. Border states, Arizona and Texas, each have close senate races and security of the border is an influential factor in who people vote into office.
The theory revolving around Democrat involvement suggests there is a plot to undermine the administration and place them in a position that they would need to stop an invasion size force without casualties or cave to the Democrat’s desire for an open border. In order for this to succeed, the caravan would need to arrive prior to the mid-term elections, and there would need to be some bloodshed involved in preventing entry. The left could then claim the Republicans are racist, intolerant and inhumane.
The theory revolving around Republican involvement is that there is a plot to scare people in border states into voting for the Republican’s and bolstering the need to build the wall. This would involve allowing the 7000 people to invade and create chaos for those living on the border. The public outcry would be immense and in favor of funding a wall on the border. In both scenarios though, the caravan would need to arrive before the elections, and as mentioned earlier, that is impossible if the foot travel narrative is perpetuated.
Mother Nature May Decide
Stopping the Caravan
Stopping the caravan is challenging but not impossible. Despite the narrative, vehicles are being used to support the marchers, and more likely than not to transport them. A special operations team could ensure the vehicles stop functioning. This plan would require the approval of the Mexican government or risk damaging already fragile relations. Cutting supply routes would ensure the caravan could not continue. Since the media does not acknowledge the supply trucks exist, they would have difficulty reporting that the trucks sabotaged.
Mother nature is also a factor as powerful Hurricane Willa pounds Central Mexico, while the caravan remains below the wrath. Any meaningful progress will be deterred by the damage ravaged regions. Travel and supply routes will likely be interrupted.
An eastward route would place the caravan at the mercy of the cartels as they would be traveling through cartel-controlled territory. The cartels have been known to prey upon people making the journey to America.
In any case, it is important to remember that he media narrative we are being told is false. It doesn’t matter if you get your news from CNN or FOX, both sides are interested primarily in advertising dollars and viewership. What we are watching as news is nothing more than a poorly scripted Hollywood production.