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Who Is Organizing These Massive Migrant Caravans From Central America?

We’ve Asked This Question Before, But It Seems Particularly Pertinent Now, Because We’d Really Like To Know Who Thought It Was A Good Idea To Launch One Of These Expeditions Just Before U.S. Elections?

Eric J Scholl
6 min readOct 18, 2018

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Update: The story we’re linking to here from buzzfeednews, might explain a lot.

Update: The Washington Post has an excellent article entitled “How the migrant caravan became so big and why it’s continuing to grow”. It answers a lot of the questions we originally raised in this piece about who’s behind the caravans and how organized they actually are. Except for one, which is one of the questions we asked above. (Although maybe it does, indirectly.) And that is: who thought it would be a good idea to do it now, a couple of weeks prior to major elections in the U.S., when it was sure to become raw meat for Trump?

The only possible reason we can think of is they thought it would embarrass President Trump. When it actually plays right into his narrative of wave upon wave of unruly immigrants threatening the homeland by shoving their way across the Southern Border. Or worse: “MANY CRIMINALS” the President warns in all caps as he portrays himself as being the only one with the will to stand against it.

As a political ploy, Trump clearly thinks he’s been handed a real winner: “Great Midterm issue for Republicans!” he enthusiastically Tweets.

The caravans — past and present — are often described as protest marches as much as anything else, and names like “People Without Borders” are thrown about in the wind. As well as opaque references to “community organizers” and “faith-based groups”.

But we can find basically zero reporting on any specifics regarding who the specific people are organizing the caravans and where they are getting money. What we typically find are stories like this one from NBC News that purport to tell us “who’s behind” the caravans, but then really only describe their very broad mission. We’re not suggesting anything nefarious here, or that the marchers are being paid (as some Republicans are.) Maybe it’s all good-hearted local activists…

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Eric J Scholl

Peabody award winning journalist. Streaming media pioneer. Played @ CBGB back in the day. Editor-In-Chief "The Chaos Report" www.thechaosreport.com