“Organized Busing Operation” Exposed, Moving Migrants Closer To US Border
Traveling at a sluggish pace of 10 miles per day, the migrant caravan probably wouldn’t arrive at the nearest US border crossing at McAllen, Texas until February, according to one observer, who debunked claims widely circulated by the media that the caravan would arrive before the Nov. 6 midterm election.
But as it turns out, the organizations that have been aiding the caravan since it first formed in Honduras nearly three weeks ago have already accounted for this. And to help ensure that images of border patrol agents arresting families and separating small children from their parents are flashing across cable news in the days and hours before the polls open, these groups are employing a new tactic: Busing.
That’s right. As Fox News report on Tuesday showed, migrants traveling with the caravan are being loaded on to chartered buses and transported to the next stop on the trail to the US, having refused Mexico’s offer of asylum, shelter and jobs should they opt to stay in the country. Fox News reporter Griff Jenkins revealed that multiple professional buses have lined up to board the migrants, as footage from the report showed.
Migrant Caravan Not Walking – They’re Being Transported to US Border on the Back of Flat Bed Trucks (VIDEO)
Joe Hoft October 24, 2018
The migrant caravan to the US is not walking. That is all for show and just part of a Democrat production. The migrants are actually being carted on the back of flat bed trucks.
The migrants ‘walking’ through Mexico to reach the US appears to be more of a production than reality.
It’s clearly impossible for an individual or a group to cross the southern Mexican border and then walk all the way to the northern Mexican border in a matter of a couple of days. It is simply not possible.
InFLUENCE WATCH: Centro Sin Fronteras
October-November 2018 Caravan: BACKGROUND
For more information, see Centro Sin Fronteras (Nonprofit)
In mid-October 2018, a caravan of roughly 4,000 to 7,000 immigrants seeking illegal entry into the United States was launched from Central America. The caravan, which first crossed the Guatemalan border into Mexico illegally on October 19, was organized by at least one activist from Pueblo Sin Fronteras, identified as Denis Omar Contreras (sometimes spelled “Contera” or “Contrera.” A second Pueblo Sin Fronteras activist, Rodrigo Abeja, was later identified as “traveling with the migrants.” Abeja was noted as being “one of the caravan’s leaders” in the Washington Post. He was also a caravan leader in the April 2018 caravan.
After President Donald Trump warned the governments of Honduras and Guatemala that they would be cut off from American foreign aid for failing to control the flow of illegal migrant caravans to the U.S., Pueblo Sin Fronteras accused the Central American countries of adopting “a policy of fear and racism imposed by the United States.”
The caravan met with criticism from many American pro-legal immigration groups, which wrote that “bowing to this migration blackmail would produce an American political backlash that would damage the cause of legal immigration and a humane refugee policy.” David Frum, a moderate Republican and writer for the Atlantic, noted that the caravan’s slogan was “People without borders,” adding that it “chimes with the rising sentiment among liberals that border-enforcement is inherently illegitimate, and usually racist, too.”
INITIAL DENIAL OF PUEBLO SIN FRONTERAS INVOLVEMENT
A number of center-left U.S. media outlets initially denied the role of Pueblo Sin Fronteras and other left-wing groups in organizing the caravan. On October 23, the Washington Post published a report which considered the caravan to have been created spontaneously by economic migrants. Univision, a Spanish language television network, reported on November 15 that “there’s no organized effort to try to get these migrants from Honduras to the border, to the U.S.-Mexico border.” When asked about involvement by non-governmental agencies, Univision said, “In all our reporting since this caravan started — not only this one, the others that [preceded it] — we haven’t found any evidence of any government involved in funding or financing this effort to try to get these people Honduras to the U.S.-Mexico border. . . there’s no government or state force behind this.” According to the New York Times on October 20: “Did Democrats, or George Soros, Fund Migrant Caravan? Despite Republican Claims, No”:
The notion that refugees will leave their homes solely for a little cash is “crazy,” said Alex Mensing, a project coordinator with Pueblo Sin Fronteras, a transnational group that organized the migrant caravan that captured Mr. Trump’s attention last spring. (The group did not coordinate the caravan that is now traveling north, but has been organizing similar journeys for years.)
Pueblo Sin Fronteras activist Alex Mensing later claimed that “[t]here’s no one in charge of this thing [the caravan].” At an October 19 protest in San Francisco, California, however, Mensing denounced efforts to control the flow of illegal immigrant caravans from Central America:
“It’s time the Guatemalan government stand up for its Honduran brothers and sisters,” said Alex Mensing with the San Francisco-based organization Pueblo Sin Fronteras, a group that advocates for migrants’ human rights. “The people who are currently fleeing Honduras are being forcibly displaced from their country … and that is a direct result of the corrupt Honduran government and U.S. intervention and support for that corrupt government.”
In a November 26 radio interview with KPBS, Mensing also said that he was present on the Mexican side of the country’s northern border when caravan members attempted to forcibly cross into the United States. On October 18, Pueblo Sin Fronteras activist Irineo Mujica, who holds dual American and Mexican citizenship, was arrested by Mexican officials during a pro-illegal immigration protest held in Ciudad Hidalgo, near the Mexico-Guatemala border. While Pueblo Sin Fronteras activist Alex Mensing told reporters Mujica was not involved in organizing the October 2018 caravan, Mujica is listed as one of two Mexico-based contacts for a press release following the March 2018 Pueblo Sin Fronteras caravans.
EVIDENCE OF A FALSE MEDIA NARRATIVE EMERGES
On November 13, American documentary filmmaker Ami Horowitz reported that the members of the caravan making its way through Oaxaco, Mexico, were approximately “90 to 95 percent” male, despite reporting in the U.S. that the caravan consisted of men and women, and were primarily organized by representatives from a group called Pueblo Sin Fronteras, which organized trucks of food, water, and other supplies to the migrants. Horowitz also interviewed caravan members, who said they were “seeking employment they illegally enter the United States,” and not fleeing gang violence in Honduras, as has also been widely reported by Western news outlets.  Horowitz told the right-leaning Daily Caller:
What we do know is this thing [the caravan] cost millions and millions of dollars. . . . One of the lies the [mainstream] media is trying to propagate is the fact that all this weird organic thing and all the water and the food and medicine, all dropped [like]. . . manna from heaven. It’s bologna. It’s all highly organized. It’s paid for by a number of organizations, we don’t know exactly where the money is coming from.
According to Horowitz, the Pueblo Sin Fronteras he identified in Mexico is connected to, but not necessarily the same group as, the Chicago-based Pueblo Sin Fronteras. “We do know that Pueblo Sin Fronteras, which is the main group which has organized this caravan, has a couple of front organizations in the United States and the money is flowing from them to Pueblo Sin Fronteras [in Mexico].” However, Emma Lozano has traveled to Mexico City before in her capacity as director of Centro Sin Fronteras in order “to support the Familia Latina Unida.”
After the caravan reached Tijuana, Mexico in late November, MSNBC reporter Gadi Schwartz reported from the migrant caravan camp that women and children “are the minority of this caravan. Instead, most of the members of this caravan [are men],” he said, gesturing towards a line of “single men.” Schwartz also reported that many migrants had told him that they had joined the caravan after being falsely told that there were “work programs that they would be eligible for” in the United States. After realizing that there were no such programs and it wouldn’t be easy to cross into the U.S., Schwartz continued, “some of them are deciding to turn back” and return to Central America.
Some center-left groups like the Washington Post initially criticized conservatives for claiming that members of the violent gang MS-13 were traveling with the migrant caravan. On October 25, Post fact-checker Salvador Rizzo criticized the Trump administration for provid[ing] no evidence that criminals, members of the MS-13 gang or people of Middle Eastern descent form[ed] part of the caravan.”
On November 28, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency released a statement that it had arrested a “Honduran citizen and active gang member with the notorious Mara Salvatrucha 13 (MS-13) international crime organization. The man also told agents he traveled to the United States border with a large group of people from Central America intending on filing for asylum in the United States.” The agency also announced that it had arrested over 600 convicted criminals traveling with the migrant caravan, although it did not confirm the “backgrounds and identities of all caravan members which possess a national security and public safety risk.”
MEDIA SOURCES CONFIRM PUEBLO SIN FRONTERAS’S INVOLVEMENT
Despite its initial position that the October migrant caravan was not organized by an outside group, on November 19 the Washington Post confirmed that Pueblo Sin Fronteras was “helping [to] guide the caravan” through Mexico and across the U.S. border. The report came after approximately 6,000 caravan members reached the city of Tijuana along the U.S.-Mexico border. The report also stated that “between 8,500 and 10,500” migrants were traveling with the caravan. On November 27, CNN reported that the “annual caravan of Central American migrants heading to the U.S. border [was] organized by Pueblo Sin Fronteras.”
La Razón, a Mexican daily newspaper, also reported that a number of Mexican activists denounced Pueblo Sin Fronteras for “inciting members of the migrant caravan to generate violence on the northern border of Mexico.” Eunice Rendón, a Mexican immigration activist and coordinator for the group Migrant Agenda, reportedly met with Pueblo activist Rodrigo Abeja to offer the group “legal assistance.” Abeja declined because “he pursued other purposes.” Rendón told La Razón that, “In the end, it’s people [like Irineo Mujica] who have other interests and take advantage of the vulnerability of others. They bring political motivations.”
According to Mexico News Daily and Milenio, around 350 migrants chose to leave the caravan once it reached Tijuana, Mexico in order to return to their Central American countries, claiming they were “misled about their chances of gaining entry to the U.S.:” 
“Pueblos Sin Fronteras [sic] told us not to worry, that there was going to be transportation, that Mexico was going to open the gates so that we didn’t have to enter [the U.S.] illegally, via the river . . .” Honduran migrant Ulises López said, referring to the attempted border breach Sunday.
“What was offered to the caravan of Honduran migrants was a trap . . . The people that brought us to this place, supposedly [caravan] leaders, took advantage of us, they used us in a horrific way, what they did to us has no name,” he added.
David Abud, a Pueblo Sin Fronteras representative, responded to the claim by denying all organizational involvement in the October caravan, saying: “Let it be clear that we didn’t organize or encourage [the migrants] to carry out the march [to the border].” A report by right-leaning the Epoch Times, however, called Pueblo Sin Fronteras “a well-oiled asylum machine.” According to the report: 
The group [Pueblo Sin Fronteras] writes the names of asylum-seekers in its book—each number is assigned 10 names—and when a number is called, that’s the day those people enter the pedestrian crossing into the United States and claim asylum. They have recorded more than 11,000 names since March. U.S. Customs and Border Protection processes around 100 asylum claims per day at El Chaparral.
Colonel Fred Peterson, former chief public affairs officer of the U.S. Defense Department’s Joint Task Force North, which administers counter-drug and terrorist operations in North America, called the caravan “a very well-funded operation. It’s not spontaneous at all.” According to Peterson, the migrants were “just props in a political, staged play.” 
According to Kate Morrisey, a reporter with the San Diego Union Tribune, migrants traveling with the caravan confirmed Pueblo Sin Fronteras’s involvement in coordinating it: 
There are people who have performed leadership tasks at different points along the caravan’s journey, but they don’t want to be called leaders.
The caravan has a very flat structure — anyone who wants to be involved in decision-making is invited to the meetings that are coordinated by Pueblo Sin Fronteras, a group that has escorted migrant caravans through Mexico for years.
Luis Cruz, an organizer with Pueblo Sin Fronteras, told Fox News on December 3 that Pueblo was helping to organize the caravan in Tijuana. He also urged President Trump to “let these people in. Let them try. Let them try. I mean, most of these people are not bad.”
SUPPORT FROM LEFT-WING GROUPS
Also see By Any Means Necessary (Other Group)
By Any Means Necessary (BAMN), a far-left agitation group, also released a document on November 25 implying that it helped organize the migrant caravan (full document available here) and accusing the Trump administration of being “lawless and repressive”: 
Open it up or we’ll shut it down! Everyone must be let in! MEXICANS and AMERICANS stand with us!
The arrival of the migrant caravan at the Mexico-US border has proven once again that the tactic of the caravan is our best strategy for safely reaching the US. Although we have not reached the border without suffering the roughness of the trip and some of us suffering it more than others, united we have almost reached our goal of crossing to the US and have
set the example for thousands of our brothers and sisters that are now making their way in their own caravans through Mexico, while others prepare for the next caravan to take off.
. . .
We live in a daily joint struggle to survive in the US undocumented and we march side by side fighting for immigrant rights. We invite our Mexican brothers and sisters to join our caravan efforts to safely and promptly cross to the US.
The BAMN document called for the Democratic Party to demand the caravan be allowed to illegally cross the U.S. border: “The US midterm elections are over, there’s no reason why civil rights organizations and the Democratic Party apparatus should not be fiercely demanding open access across the border for the caravan and doing everything possible to stop Trump’s racist attacks on the caravan.” BAMN also encouraged Americans in San Diego, California, “to solidarize [sic] with the caravan [and], if are legally able, to get across the border to Mexico and help the caravan to cross the finish line as quickly as possible.”
Pueblo Sin Fronteras reportedly organized a rally in Oakland, California on November 25 “to show solidarity with the caravan of Central American families seeking asylum in the U.S.” According to the far-left website Workers’ World (Mundo Obrero), Honduran immigrant and Pueblo supporter Chris Lopez said: “We are here today in solidarity. We are here to support the rights of all migrants to seek asylum.”