In the weeks leading up to the midterm elections, President Donald Trump and the hosts of “Fox & Friends,” his favorite program, stressed that Democrats were “weak” on immigration laws and border security. Of particular focus was the migrant caravan, a group of thousands of Central Americans traveling to the U.S.-Mexico border, having fled violence in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. But the day after the midterm elections, which saw Democrats regain control of the House, Fox News barely mentioned the caravan at all.
In fact, it was only mentioned once, in passing, when co-host Ed Henry said: “Many in the media laughed as well when the president framed [the midterms] as about [Supreme Court Justice Brett] Kavanaugh, the caravan.”
Now both the president and the Fox News network are being called out.
The president has not tweeted about the caravan “invasion” since before the election.
— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) November 8, 2018
Pretty magical how the "deadly caravan horde of migrant invaders coming to murder white Americans" suddenly dissipated into thin air the moment the midterms ended.
— Jules Suzdaltsev (@jules_su) November 7, 2018
Well, coverage of the migrant caravan stopped on November 7.
Just like coverage of Weiner's laptop stopped November 9, 2016.
Just like coverage of Ebola stopped November 5, 2014.
The media's top story is whatever Republicans say it is. Every. Single. Time.
— Matthew Chapman (@fawfulfan) November 8, 2018
The president and the Fox News network have often claimed that the migrants are a danger to national security. However, these claims have been criticized in the wake of this morning’s mass shooting at a Thousand Oaks nightclub, which killed 12.
Americans killed by Migrant Caravan in 2018: 0
•White House sends 5,000 Troops to ban them
Americans killed by Americans w/guns in 2018: 12,483
•White House tweets thoughts & prayers
If Migrants had killed 12,843 Americans we would've invaded a country by now#ThousandOaks
— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@QasimRashid) November 8, 2018
Another day and another mass shooting, I’m starting to suspect that this might be actual problem as opposed to the migrant caravan which is a made up problem. https://t.co/1FrGUaNvZV
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) November 8, 2018
Fox News dedicated significant coverage to the caravan in the weeks leading up to the election, even sending a reporter to the border to provide updates about its progress.
One migrant caravan member admits he's been deported and convicted of attempted murder in the U.S. – he's planning to reenter and request a pardon for his felony | @GriffJenkins pic.twitter.com/n8jFhKV0Sf
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) October 28, 2018
“Fox and Friends” also invited guests onto the program who would characterize the caravan, still weeks away from arriving at the border, as “an invasion”…
“This is invasion” -Amapola Hansberger, who immigrated from Nicaragua, says the U.S. has to stop the caravan of migrants pic.twitter.com/1Kj4vlETXX
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) October 21, 2018
…and “an immediate threat.”
Legal Immigrants for America founder Amapola Hansberger says the caravan of over 7,000 migrants heading to the border is an 'immediate threat' to U.S. national security on @FoxandFriends pic.twitter.com/BHimR2ab6e
— Brian Kilmeade (@kilmeade) October 22, 2018
“Fox and Friends” even claimed that the caravan was swelling in size to more than 7,000 people. (Reports indicated that the number is actually between 4,000 and 5,000.)
Migrant caravan is increasing in size as it heads for U.S.-Mexico border pic.twitter.com/Yd0pRvtIbs
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) October 22, 2018
The president also urged his supporters to blame Democrats for the caravan.
Every time you see a Caravan, or people illegally coming, or attempting to come, into our Country illegally, think of and blame the Democrats for not giving us the votes to change our pathetic Immigration Laws! Remember the Midterms! So unfair to those who come in legally.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 22, 2018
The president has not tweeted about illegal immigration since a few days before the midterms.
Illegal immigration affects the lives of all Americans. Illegal Immigration hurts American workers, burdens American taxpayers, undermines public safety, and places enormous strain on local schools, hospitals and communities…https://t.co/eN1IqPNBJY
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 1, 2018
A few days before the election, a group of 12 migrants traveling by foot from Honduras to the U.S. to seek asylum filed a class-action lawsuit Thursday against President Trump, the Department of Homeland Security and other entities to ensure their “due process” under the Fifth Amendment, which states that, “no person… shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.”
The lawsuit, which was filed last Thursday in the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., notes that Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador are “undergoing a well-documented human rights crisis.” The suit further claims that the Trump administration is infringing on the plaintiffs’ right to the Administrative Procedures Act and the Declaratory Judgement Act.
The suit reads, in part:
Trump’s professed and enacted policy towards thousands of caravanners seeking asylum in the United States is shockingly unconstitutional. President Trump continues to abuse the law, including constitutional rights, to deter Central Americans from exercising their lawful right to seek asylum in the United States, and the fact that innocent children are involved matters none to President Trump…
Trump has repeatedly professed that the caravan people will not get into this county, and just as significant, Trump has taken meaningful steps to ensure the world that this is his policy position/initiative, meaningful steps such as deploying thousands of active military troops to the border, waiting on caravan persons to arrive. The legal problem with Trump’s plan to stop caravan persons from entering this country is that Plaintiffs are seeking asylum, and Trump simply cannot stop them from legally doing so by using military, or anyone.
This Court should also note that President Trump has begun hysterically asserting without any evidence that “many criminals” and “many gang members” are in this “onslaught” of migration. In an effort to create fear and hysteria, Trump has gone so far as to call this “an invasion of our Country.” Despite these statements and actions, Trump has been unable to produce any evidence of criminals and gang members within the caravan, which has largely proceeded peacefully on its journey. Plaintiffs now request that this Court declare Trump’s policy positions/initiatives outlined in this Complaint unconstitutional, to end this case and controversy.
The migrants also say that Trump has violated the Flores Agreement by detaining children as a result of his “zero tolerance” family separations policy.