Clark: Don’t Get Distracted — Cartels Move More Than a Migrant Caravan Daily into U.S. | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED X-Frame-Options: SAMEORIGIN

Clark: Don’t Get Distracted — Cartels Move More Than a Migrant Caravan Daily into U.S.

As attention is focused on a single caravan in Mexico consisting of an estimated 3,000 to 5,000 migrants headed to the U.S. southern border, cartels separately move the equivalent into the states each day.

The caravans capture significant media attention by design. They are politically organized and seek to use the clout to bring policy changes. The caravan in Chiapas hopes to force Mexico City to discontinue migrant containment efforts and allow unfettered travel to the United States–with the ultimate goal of softening enforcement protocols in the U.S.

A caravan was an unheard-of term in Border Patrol circles prior to 2018. Despite their hype, caravans are generally unsuccessful in reaching the U.S. intact.

If the latest caravan succeeds in forcing the Government of Mexico to change policies and give migrants free roam to their destination, another pull factor will be established.

Caravans move cheaply, avoiding the cartels’ heavy fees to travel through Mexico. The organizers believe there is safety in numbers and the media attention helps to reduce criminal engagement. The high visibility will, as in the past, force the government to provide aid and comfort. This pattern has angered many Mexican citizens and fostered negative sentiments toward Central Americans in that country.

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