A migrant traveling north with the massive caravan that is trekking to the U.S. border admitted during an interview on Tuesday that there are “criminals” embedded in the group.
“Criminals are everywhere,” one migrant told Fox News. “It’s criminals in here. It is. But it is not that many. It is good people here trying to get through Mexico and then get to the United States. It doesn’t mean that everybody is a criminal.”
The migrant’s admission comes just as Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials said Tuesday that there are “gang members” and people with “significant criminal histories” that are mixed in with the caravan.
“@DHSgov can confirm that there are individuals within the caravan who are gang members or have significant criminal histories,” Department spokesperson Tyler Houlton wrote on Twitter. “Citizens of countries outside Central America, including countries in the Middle East, Africa, South Asia, and elsewhere are currently traveling through Mexico toward the U.S.”
“Stopping the caravan is not just about national security or preventing crime, it is also about national sovereignty and the rule of law,” Houlton added. “Those who seek to come to America must do so the right and legal way.”
Fox News also noted this week that approximately “80 percent” of the people traveling in the caravan “are men under the age of 35.”
“Full efforts are being made to stop the onslaught of illegal aliens from crossing our Southern Border,” President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter this week. “People have to apply for asylum in Mexico first, and if they fail to do that, the U.S. will turn them away. The courts are asking the U.S. to do things that are not doable!”
“Every time you see a Caravan, or people illegally coming, or attempting to come, into our Country illegally, think of and blame the Democrats for not giving us the votes to change our pathetic Immigration Laws! Remember the Midterms! So unfair to those who come in legally,” Trump added.