The left appears to be punching a hole in its own narrative on the migrant caravan, exposing members as mostly men who are not actually seeking asylum.
MSNBC’s Gadi Schwartz apparently did not get the memo as he provided a narrative-busting tour Monday of the “inner sanctum” of a shelter for the Central American migrant caravan.
“You’re going to see a lot of families here, a lot of women and children, but the truth is the majority of the people that are part of this caravan … the majority of them are men, so when this becomes a polarized, political issue in the United States, you have people on one side that point and say, ‘There are women and children here,’ and that is true, and then there are others who point and say, ‘These are men that are trying to cross the border,’ and that’s true, too,” Schwartz reported at the southern border in Tijuana, Mexico.
He certainly didn’t help the argument of liberal pundits claiming the migrants are asylum-seekers as he interviewed a Honduran woman during “MSNBC Live” with Ali Velshi and Stephanie Ruhle.
“She says that they actually went to go to the protest. They weren’t expecting to cross,” Schwartz explained, translating the Spanish conversation.
“She says that she’s hoping that they give her a chance to work.” he added. “This family really hasn’t really talked about asylum per se.”
“That kind of gives you a sense of the confusion. A lot of the people that are here, they don’t necessarily know about the asylum process. They’ve been told all kinds of different things. So many of the are under the impression that you can just go up to the border and ask for a work permit, and then be allowed to go to the United States,” he added as Ruhle attempted to steer the narrative back by asking what kind of people he was encountering.
Contrary to the left’s insistence, and the liberal media’s reporting, Schwartz exposed the reality he was witnessing.
“The truth is, the majority of the people that are part of this caravan, especially outside — if we can make our way all the way over there, we’ll show you — the majority of them are men,” he reported.
“And some of these men have not articulated that need for asylum,” he added. “Instead, they have talked about going to the United States for a better life and to find work.”
Later Monday evening, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews even admitted that most of the migrants are not eligible for asylum since they are looking for economic breaks.
The “Hardball” host took a surprisingly strong stance on immigration, breaking from his network’s narrative as he agreed with guest GOP strategist Adolfo Franco and challenged Neera Tanden, the head of the Center for American Progress, as seen in video from NewsBusters.
“There’s a lot of poverty south of our border. All the way down to Tierra del Fuego, there’s two-thirds of a billion people living down there. A lot of them are poor, desperately poor. Living in countries where there’s no freedom at all, and danger,” Matthews said. “So how do we regulate honestly, in an American way, acceptance of asylum seekers? How do we develop a profound, comprehensive immigration policy that we are proud of as Americans to enforce? Because at some point there is going to have to be enforcement.”
“There are people looking for jobs. That’s not a basis to seek political asylum,” Franco responded.
“I know that. That’s the law,” Matthews agreed.
President Donald Trump threatened to “permanently” close the border in a tweet on Monday, saying many of the caravan members were “stone cold criminals.”
Mexico should move the flag waving Migrants, many of whom are stone cold criminals, back to their countries. Do it by plane, do it by bus, do it anyway you want, but they are NOT coming into the U.S.A. We will close the Border permanently if need be. Congress, fund the WALL!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 26, 2018
A port of entry between the U.S. and Mexico was closed on Sunday as some members of the caravan, many throwing bottles and rocks, attempted to breach the border. Authorities fired tear gas to disperse the crowd.
San Diego Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott echoed the report by Schwartz, telling CNN on Monday that the majority of the Central Americans traveling with the caravan are not eligible for asylum.
The vast majority of those, from what we call the northern triangle, they are economic migrants,” Scott said. “They don’t meet the qualifications to get asylum here.”
Hector Garza, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council, told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham that agents were “under attack” and “assaulted.”
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) November 27, 2018
He also recounted how many of the migrants used women and children as human shields as they attempted to breach the port of entry at San Ysidro, California this weekend.