Hondurans Broke their Own Country, Now They’re Headed Here

Buzzfeed recently reported on a caravan of roughly 1,200 Hondurans, and other Central Americans, that is making their way across Mexico, toward the American border. Styling themselves as “international workers,” they have been organized by an organization known as Pueblos Sin Fronteras (People Without Borders) “into security, food, and logistics committees.”

Who exactly is Pueblos Sin Fronteras? For a public-issue group, its website is remarkably skimpy on meaningful information. However, it describes its goal as building “solidarity bridges among peoples and [turning down]border walls imposed by greed.” That would tend to indicate that it is a radical anti-capitalist, open-borders organization. As would the fact that the group advertises “refugee caravans” as if they were a form of political theater.

Its leadership seems to consist mainly of kooky extremists. A few examples: Alex Mensing, whose main claim to fame appears to be prior employment with a San Francisco company that makes novelty neckties out of wood. And Gina Garibo, a self-described scholar of “necropolitics,” a pseudo-intellectual field that purports to study how societies dictate who may live and who must die.

Those assisting the current caravan have characterized their efforts as, helping “the migrants empower themselves.” And they have stated their hope that, “the sheer size of the crowd will give immigration authorities and criminals pause before trying to stop them.”

If the approach sounds eerily familiar, that’s because it is. The tactics being employed by Pueblos Sin Fronteras are exactly those preferred by devotees of Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals. The overall goal appears to be to, “set up an enormous challenge to the Trump administration’s immigration policies and its ability to deal with an organized group of migrants numbering in the hundreds.” In other words, create a media circus like the one that accompanied the massing of unaccompanied alien minors (UAM) along the southern border, which reached its peak in 2014.

That seems a stretch. While the Border Patrol was challenged in certain locations by the UAM crisis, it didn’t bring a halt to all border enforcement. Criminals who prey on illegal aliens may think twice about attacking a column of 1,200 people. However, dealing with several thousand border jumpers represents a relatively quiet morning in many Border Patrol sectors.

Regardless of how effective its efforts turn out to be the Pueblos Sin Fronteras caravans demonstrate the extent to which the immigration debate has gone off the rails. A group of American and Mexican citizens, masquerading as an aid organization, has deliberately set out to violate scads of both Mexican and American laws. And, to date, the United States doesn’t appear to have lodged a single diplomatic protest with the Mexican government over its utter failure to stop the mini-invasion.

This is how American sovereignty dies, not with a bang but a whimper.

About Author


Matthew J. O’Brien joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 2016. Matt is responsible for managing FAIR’s research activities. He also writes content for FAIR’s website and publications. Over the past twenty years he has held a wide variety of positions focusing on immigration issues, both in government and in the private sector. Immediately prior to joining FAIR Matt served as the Chief of the National Security Division (NSD) within the Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate (FDNS) at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), where he was responsible for formulating and implementing procedures to protect the legal immigration system from terrorists, foreign intelligence operatives, and other national security threats. He has also held positions as the Chief of the FDNS Policy and Program Development Unit, as the Chief of the FDNS EB-5 Division, as Assistant Chief Counsel with U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement, as a Senior Advisor to the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman, and as a District Adjudications Officer with the legacy Immigration & Naturalization Service. In addition, Matt has extensive experience as a private bar attorney. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in French from the Johns Hopkins University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Maine School of Law.


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  6. avatar

    There was a news story today about Trump’s “claim” that this “caravan” was making it’s way through Mexico as if it were another case of there he goes again. But according to the media, there was no proof when he made a comment about refugee crime and no go zones in Sweden several months ago. And yet the Swedish government has said it may take the army to go into certain refugee areas. More fake news. Denying something happened when it actually did is lying, pure and simple.

    What we should say is you are in a third country, make an asylum claim from there. Is that not policy? Mexico will get mad? And? When did they care one good g.d. about us except to use us for their own benefit?

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    Keep the TRASH out! We dont want these free-loading losers here! Theyre obviously coming here to wreak havoc & live off the backs of the rest of us. Im an american, I pay taxes & I vote & I say NO TO THESE WOULD BE ILLEGALS!!

  8. avatar

    Like the one they did to Obama w the children. It appears some will stay in Mexico n this administration will probably not be bullied by this.

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    So the fact that a large crowd of people can overwhelm the authorities with “sheer size” means they can do what they want? That’s mob rule by any definition of the word.