The controversial caravan, which had reportedly swelled to more than 10,000 people, had dwindled to approximately 4,000 people as it reached the Mexican state of Chiapas on Friday, Fox News reported from the scene.
Fox News correspondent William La Jeunesse told viewers that one reason the numbers have dwindled, besides injuries and sickness, is that Mexican officials are advising the crowd that the U.S. government has stated it will not allow entry and is deploying the U.S. military on the border.
The organization that organized the initial caravan in Honduras has been identified as Pueblo Sin Fronteras, or "People Without Borders," according to an investigative article by the Capital Research Center.
Citing news sources such as The Washington Post, the article by Hayden Ludwig identifies two Fronteras activists who are participating in the caravan, including one who illegally led the caravan into Mexico.
The same story also reports the director of Fronteras, Ireneo Mujica, a U.S. citizen, was arrested Oct. 18 after attacking immigration officials during a protest on the Guatemala-Mexico border.
Citing reporting by The Wall Street Journal, Mehlman and FAIR are complaining that the caravan is not a humanitarian crisis but instead an organized stunt using Hondurans to create a border crisis over the hot-button issue of immigration.
"The American public looks at these sorts of things and a lot people see just basically a politically driven assault on U.S. sovereignty," says Mehlman. "And it could work to the benefit of the people who are organizing this or it could work to their detriment. That remains to be seen."
The caravan's plan to reach the U.S. border and demand entry should embolden President Trump and lawmakers to address loopholes in our immigration laws, including our asylum policies, he adds.
Comments will be temporarily unavailable. Thank you for your patience as we restore this service!
We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details
U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown is enjoying a comfortable double-digit lead over his Republican challenger in Ohio, but a tea party leader in the state insists the polls are wrong.
One News Now Poll
Maginnis questions Biden's 'tank talk' with Pentagon
A national defense analyst is skeptical about President Joe Biden's claim that Pentagon officials consider alleged manmade climate change the "greatest threat" to America's national security in the coming years.