Watch all of David Menzies' reports on the migrant caravan in Mexico

David MenziesMission Specialist

Some call it a caravan; others call it an outright invasion.

We’re talking of the approximately 7,000 people, mostly from Honduras, who are en route to the United States via Mexico.

So many questions beckon: how did this march begin in the first place? Who are these people? Who is funding this initiative? Why is Mexico, a U.S. ally, doing nothing to halt thousands of illegal migrants marching through its land?

There are so many queries yet so few answers. That’s why The Rebel is going to southern Mexico to check out this migrant march for ourselves. We want to see first-hand what this caravan is all about.

But this type of reporting is quite costly — and unlike our mainstream competitors, we’re not backed by big corporations or government funding. 

So far, for myself and a Spanish-speaking cameraman, we have paid $1850/person for last-minute flights, $800 for a hotel room (three nights), and $200/day for a driver and security guard. 

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FINAL THOUGHTS: Migrant “caravan" from Mexico to U.S. fits “textbook definition of ‘invasion'”

November 12, 2018: Over the five days we’ve been following the caravan, one thing becomes clear: While it may be true that these people are for the most part not criminals, there is still a disconnect with the media narrative when it comes to how the migrants are being characterized, and, therefore, how Trump’s response is viewed.


Americans indirectly fund invasion of their own country?

November 12, 2018It’s hard not to see a perverse irony in the fact that Americans are indirectly funding an invasion of their own country!


Mexican Human Rights official: Criminal migrants "not a problem," they have needs too

November 10, 2018: After following the migrant caravan for five days, I raised concerns with Edgar Corso Sosa of the National Human Rights Commission of Mexico. He wasn't bothered by the known violent criminals in the group, because, he says, they have needs too.


Funding mystery grows as migrants head for Trump's "so-called democracy"

November 10, 2018: America, says Jorge, is a "so-called democracy" that needs to take responsibility in Central America if they don't want to be flooded with migrants.


Despair in the air as migrants struggle to hitch a ride

November 9, 2018: Pick-up trucks are being loaded up with human cargo, cramming as many people as they can possibly fit into any available space. Watch as I give you a glimpse of the mad scramble as desperate migrants search for their next ride.


Trying to get answers from People Without Borders “volunteers”

November 9, 2018: I try to talk to Mexican “human rights” workers who are following the route.


Political promise to house migrants may clash with reality

November 9, 2018: I spoke with the mayor-elect of small town Loma Bonita, Mexico, currently home to northbound Central Americans we've followed in the migrant caravan.


Tensions rise as reality sets in for migrants

November 9, 2018: We’re here in Loma Bonita, Mexico and we can sense tension among the locals, and also the migrants, as the reality of the long journey ahead to the American border sets in.


"Everyone was advised to close down their businesses"

November 8, 2018: A lot of local people we've talked to say they don't object to this migrant "caravan" passing through their towns, that they welcome them and are happy to give them food, water, clothing and shelter.

However, we got a slightly different story from a Saluyan resident — after we promised not to record his answers on camera.


Migrant: “We are all the organizers"

On route to Acayucan, I met a woman named Daysania. She explains why she didn’t try to enter the U.S. legally.


Homeland Security reports 270 violent criminals among migrants

November 7, 2018: While some in the migrant caravan are hunkering down for the night, others are clogging up the main roadways begging for change with little regard for anyone’s safety.


Migrants transform local park into “tent city”

November 7, 2018: The main park in Sayula, a town in the Mexican state of Jalisco, was transformed into a “tent city” when some of the thousands of migrants in the caravan travelling northward to the U.S. stopped in for the night.


Migrants leave trail of garbage

November 7, 2018: You can always tell where the caravan has been by what has been left behind. And what is always left behind is copious amounts of garbage.


Preparing a banquet for migrants. Who’s paying for this?

November 7, 2018: While driving through the town of Acayucan, we noticed some of the migrants heading into a community centre — at the same time, trucks were delivering banquet tables and chairs.


This illegal migrant trek is “a foreign invasion”

November 6, 2018: On route from Donají to Acayucan, we got stopped in massive traffic delays and started to think, this Caravan is more like an invasion.


Socialist reporter: “This is a crisis made in Washington”

November 6, 2018: Liberation News reporter Gloria La Riva has been here in Mexico to cover the caravan almost as long as we have — but she's come to some different conclusions.


“Helpful” transport keeps migrants moving. Altruism, or something else?

November 6, 2018: Getting answers to the question of who or what is organizing this exodus is proving difficult but one thing that’s immediately apparent, is that the vast majority of these migrants are young men.


Canada-bound migrant has “Plan B” if stopped at U.S. border by Trump

November 6, 2018: While following the migrant caravan making its way to the U.S. border from Mexico, we came across one migrant who told us his end goal was to make it to Canada.


“Coyote” in sheep’s clothing? Interview with migrant “straggler” doesn’t add up

November 6, 2018: Just outside of Oaxaca City, Mexico, we encountered a young man from Honduras who told us he was part of the migrant caravan, but something didn’t add up.


“Surreal vibe” as 5K “homeless” migrants descend on Mexican town over night

November 5, 2018: There is a surreal vibe in the air as darkness falls in the Mexican town of Matias Romero, as we continue our exclusive investigation into the migrant “caravan” heading north to the U.S. border.


Rebel “caravan” investigation in Mexico finds media narrative at odds with reality

November 3, 2018: David Menzies joined Ezra Levant in a Skype call from Oaxaca to share some of his first-hand observations of the migrant caravan that’s heading north to the U.S. border.


The Rebel investigates challenging landscape awaiting migrant “caravan”

November 2, 2018: The road ahead for those in the migrant caravan heading to the U.S. border is an arduous one. Watch as I give you a glimpse of what awaits them.


Rebel Media’s Caravan investigation begins with touchdown in Oaxaca, Mexico

November 1, 2018: My cameraman and I have landed in Oaxaca, Mexico, and what awaits us is a five hour car ride south to meet up with the migrant “caravan.” We don't see any other Canadian media here, which is why it's important that we are!


Caravan or invasion? Rebel heads to the frontline to get the REAL story

October 31, 2018: The Rebel is going to southern Mexico to check out the 7,000-strong migrant march for ourselves, and to ask the hard questions nobody else seems to be asking.

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commented 2018-11-12 20:09:01 -0500
David, You will not be with them when they reach the US Boarder, Oh, Woe is me, you are going to miss all the shooting and the Rebels will miss all the action, oh dear…….. Just joking David.
commented 2018-11-10 02:55:34 -0500
I can’t help noticing that these people, poor and looking for opportunities for work, appear remarkably healthy and fit.
commented 2018-11-09 19:23:28 -0500
rolled right thru this dave. with money scarce who cares my friend. spend your money in canada please. tommy in london was okay, but again a waste of resources. we have so many problems with freedom and immigration in CANADA. please spend your money here. thanks.
commented 2018-11-09 16:09:56 -0500
Latin American countries are beautiful. The climates are excellent. If these people want “a better life”, they should stop voting for Socialist Dictators and get to work improving their own countries.
commented 2018-11-09 12:00:22 -0500
Of course its organized. Why such large groups, why now? The participants can deny it all they want, but the sheep dogs of the world know better because we can complete a thought. How do all the bleeding hearts propose we deal with such an influx? They don’t, they won’t, because they can’t. Their solution is to just let them in and consequences be damned because – feelings.

If these caravans are allowed to get through it will set a precedent for the entire continent of North America. It must be stopped. Our borders must be protected and kept secure at all costs.

When was the last time Gloria La Riva had a look around her own neighbourhood of San Francisco? Does she not see the filth and decay? Does she think citizens should put up with the disease and crime and feel obliged to give over the jobs of America’s own poor and impoverished to illegals? We have to take care of OUR OWN FIRST.
I don’t want to hear one more bleeding heart interview. We have our own homeless. sick and poor to take care of.
commented 2018-11-08 06:14:16 -0500
Gloria La Riva is an ignorant fool to think the U.S. is at fault for all these things. Maybe she should move to a more hospitable country
commented 2018-11-08 00:01:51 -0500
In one of your videos about what to call this mass of moving people, you say you call it an invasion even though they’re not carrying weapons.

They ARE carrying weapons! No, not guns, bombs, etc. They’re carrying their ignorance, willingness to break our laws (by trying to cross illegally), and worst of all, they’re carrying only God knows how many different diseases that they’d spread to U.S. citizens! Dengue fever, antibiotic-resistant TB, scabies, etc., etc.

Everyone who sympathizes with these people and who want them to be let in…. fine … YOU take them into YOUR house. YOU feed and clothe them. YOU pay for their medical and dental. YOU pay to educate them. YOU do all of that – For Their Lifetime! As long as we tax-paying citizens don’t have to pay a cent (and that includes for our own medical treatment should one of them pass along one of their illnesses/diseases to us), then fine. Invite them into YOUR house.

But I look at it this way. I live in a house that my husband and I worked for (and earned). If I saw a couple hundred people headed towards my home demanding that I take them in because they can’t support themselves (even though another “neighbor” {Mexico} has offered them temporary shelter/housing), I’m going to be loading up a bunch of magazines and placing my firearms around my house for easy access. And the first one who steps an inch onto my property, is going to end up with at least one extra hole in his/her body.
commented 2018-11-07 17:01:40 -0500
I think Gloria La Riva should open wide her doors and bring as many caravan people into her own home as she can possibly provide for. It is great that her heart is huge and she wants these people ‘rescued’, so she should start with herself and All her friends. All who want these caravan people should open there doors personally.
commented 2018-11-07 11:30:56 -0500
It’s called lawlessness. Either a country has a border that it defends or it does not. Either a country insists on following its own laws and procedures for immigration or it doesn’t. Either a country has a right to decide on who it allows in or it doesn’t. These migrants are lawless coming from lawless countries. This mindset will continue once they arrive, thinking they can disregard the host country’s laws while enjoying all its unearned (by them) benefits to which they feel entitled. Allowing trampling over a country’s borders and disrespect for its laws does not result in respect for that country, but rather more disrespect.
commented 2018-11-07 01:56:55 -0500
David – The interview with the SJW from San Francisco in itself was worth a donation. Where do you find these nutters? I must live in a cave because I can’t believe such people exist. Has anyone seen the homeless on the streets of San Francisco lately? How about helping those at home before you spend your money travelling abroad to bring in a few thousand more lost souls to dump on the streets just before you head back to your lovely abode in the suburbs feeling virtuous and righteous. Save your own town before saving the world. Oh…and wait until her boss finds out she was interviewed by Rebel Media!!!
commented 2018-11-06 15:12:34 -0500
Jill and Ward, your comment about Trudeau preparing to go pick-up those invaders to bring them into Canada is extremely important! If you have info that you can share, please contact Ezra ASAP so he can publish this news BOMB.
We are already struggling trying to figure what to do with the immigrants that are already here and now this idiot PM wants to import a mob of criminals!
This has got to go public before they get to the border, and a nationwide protest must be organized to stop Trudeau before it’s too late!
commented 2018-11-06 08:09:57 -0500
@ William Kay “Desperate not evil.”

No doubt you are correct for the most part, but in every crowd there are those that indeed do “evil”.

However, that is not the issue that those opposed to this caravan entering the US are saying. There is a proper process for entry into the US. That is the process they should be using, not marching to the border.

When the proper immigration process is followed then proper background checks can be made, proper vetting to weed out the “evil” immigrants from the legitimate ones.

William, your faux plea that they are “desperate not evil” skirts the real issue so that you (and all the others whining to let them in) can play on emotions.
commented 2018-11-06 00:12:10 -0500
It looks very similar to the lines of ‘[immigrants’ or whatever you call them coming into Europe. It looks organised and makes me wonder if there is some higher powers organising and funding this, maybe Soros and his ‘Open Society’. Boarders then have no meaning and all governmental administration breaks down and total civil disorganisation which the employers and politicians can exploit. Dystopia. Real life movie of bedlam.
commented 2018-11-05 22:27:49 -0500
It wouldn’t be a surprise to discover that this caravan’s impetus is being driven by the drug cartels. One US border guard stated that the area about the Mexico-US border is entirely controlled by the cartels, which extort millions from the border-crossers through the “coyotes”(people smugglers) who are supposed to guide them across the border. That would explain the Mexican authorities’ reluctance to thwart the advance of this caravan. It is a seemingly well organized group of people (about 85% young men). Funding is doubtlessly being provided by the US Democrats as well as the cartels, both of which would profit (one politically, the other financially) from the controversy surrounding this event.
commented 2018-11-05 17:03:24 -0500
The caravan is a political protest by citizens from the Northern Triangle (Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador). Most of those countries’ 30 million inhabitants endure what President Trump rightly called “s**thole” conditions. Read the recent history of Guatemala, or about the current crime rate in Honduras. Mind blowing stuff! Is this “the chickens coming home to roost?” Can crime rise to levels (i.e. gangs levying taxes etc) that it becomes a human rights violation? No doubt there are foot soldiers from the gangs in the caravan but I suspect the caravan overwhelmingly consists of labourers hoping to get hired on in the farms, kitchens and warehouses of America. Desperate not evil.
commented 2018-11-05 15:33:47 -0500
Immigrants or Gimmigrants? That is the question.
commented 2018-11-05 08:12:10 -0500
PETER NETTERVILLE commented 34 mins ago
Those crying that this caravan of people should be let into the US, fed, clothed, housed, treated for heath issues on the tax payer dime are all “righteous” in their whining, but never ask them to put their home and their wallet of cash up for these people, because their holier than thou righteousness will quickly come to an end.

There is a word for that … hypocrite.
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Peter, I’m trying to coin a new word in the political vocabulary …“LEFTEOUS” as in definition…“lefteous indignation” rants or displays of high horse dressage which fail to motivate or compell the righteous.
commented 2018-11-05 07:33:46 -0500
Those crying that this caravan of people should be let into the US, fed, clothed, housed, treated for heath issues on the tax payer dime are all “righteous” in their whining, but never ask them to put their home and their wallet of cash up for these people, because their holier than thou righteousness will quickly come to an end.

There is a word for that … hypocrite.
commented 2018-11-01 17:01:23 -0400
Joe Boudreault,
Well said.
My concern is mohammad trudeau is presently working behind the scenes to fast track them here , via plane tickets, or buses being sent to meet them at the U.S. / Mexico border. At which time they all will receive their gold plated health care cards (just as he and his family get), the keys to their new housing, the first of many,many to come, tax free multi tens of thousands of dollar cheques, a passport, the name of a free lawyer, voter registration card, debit cards, credit cards and the keys to their new fully loaded BMW along with a brand new edition iphone!
Don’t laugh. I know people in immigration, in government housing, at banks, nurses and so on who have told me more than I would like to know about what these parasites, criminals, terrorists, illegals, fake refugees and scammers are getting away with here in canukistan and I will tell you we canuks are being raped, pillaged, abused, exploited by them and all our governments and they are priority number one on ever political list while all we get besides vilified, called names, the middle finger, threatened, and ignored , is the bills for it all at the expense of our families and our lives!
AS long as we continue to allow it and continue to pay the taxes which feed it, we get everything coming and what is coming is not going to leave many of us left on the planet.
These are not people wanting to work, contribute, assimilate, live peacefully and be respectful and grateful for being welcomed here but rather they are TERRORISTS, CRIMINALS, THUGS, AILING, ELDERLY, PREGNANT WOMEN AND PARASITES ALL COMING TO CASH IN ON THE HORN OF PLENTY WHILE BRINGING NOTHING OF ANY VALUE TO CANADA , OUR CULTURE, OUR VALUES, ETC.
WE ARE LITERALLY COMMITTING SUICIDE AND NO ONE SEEMS TO GIVE A DAMN! tOO BAD CANADIANS DON’T CARE AS MUCH FOR THEIR OWN CHILDREN AS THEY DO THESE INVADERS!
commented 2018-11-01 11:31:41 -0400
Several casual friends of mine responded to this caravan like this:
“But they are poor people and should have a chance to come to a better place!”
ME: “We don’t know anything about them…”
Them: “I think it’s wrong to stop migrants who are just looking for a better life.”
ME: “Migrants, yes… but this looks like a hired mob.”
“Don’t you think less well-to-do people have a right for something better?”
ME: “Then why don’t they apply for refugee status the correct way? They’re not fleeing a war or persecution, and Mexico is as safe as Honduras (etc)”.
“Hey, Joe, I think they have a right…!”
ME: “No they don’t. What they’re doing is illegal, and it bypasses all the legal applicants.”(etc).
My friends raise their eyebrows – they don’t like legalities, just entitlement for all, it seems.
So I say, “Look, if that’s what you really believe, then here’s what I propose. I will take my van into the city and round up all the homeless people and drug addicts and wastrels I can find (not too hard) and I’ll bring them back here (our Alberta village). I could load up ten… I’ll go to your doors and drop them off, and if your door is closed I will force it open. You will have to take them in, ragged and smelly and disoriented, and they can’t speak English to you and…”
By now I had worried and disgusted looks on faces around me. “You say they have a right,” I continue, “So you HAVE to take them in at your cost, until they get work – if they ever do – and you can’t say no.”
I don’t know if the point was even made with them, but still, President Trump, they snicker, is a beast for refusing this gang of ruffians.