With an invading caravan of illegal immigrants marching on the southern border, U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, is calling on the Justice Department to investigate who is funding the growing column that’s approaching 10,000 people.
The logistics of moving that many people well over a 1,000 miles being a gargantuan task.
Appearing on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom, Gohmert referenced the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) as a possible means to target the organizers.
“We have got to have the DOJ investigate where the funding is coming from to send these thousands and thousands of people to the U.S., because that you can use RICO to go after them,” he said. “Asylum claims are not legitimate if they are not made in the, if we’re not the first country they come to after leaving their country.”
President Trump has pointed to Democrats as having a hand in the caravan, and one name in particular keeps coming up.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) October 22, 2018
Fox News host Bill Hemmer noted that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed concern about the political motivations of some organizers in the caravan.
Gohmert spoke about addressing the way amnesty requests are handled, was asked how does the U.S. manage the possibility that criminals and even terrorists may be in the caravan.
Univision confirmed people from Bangladesh joined the army of illegal migrants — though Fox New’s Shepard Smith didn’t seen to get the memo.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) October 23, 2018
“You cannot manage it,” Gohmert insisted. “All of these people trying to force their way in – it’s called an invasion. Thank God we have a president who will stand up to an invasion like this.”
The lawmaker said there were “political factors in this getting started,” adding it then “takes an inertia of its own.”
“There is money coming in,” he said. “I’m sure there is some coming from the United States going to help this caravan along. It’s building of its own momentum and it will take a very strong president, which we have, to stop it. And we’ve got to make clear to Mexico they are not coming in, we’re closing the border.”
As to whether Americans are assisting the invading caravan, the Arizona Republic reported that an immigration activist from Phoenix was arrested in southern Mexico while taking part in the caravan.
The activist, Irineo Mujica, was “one of the main organizers of last spring’s migrant caravan that prompted President Donald Trump to order the deployment of National Guard troops to the border,” the newspaper reported.
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