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.
If you are able to chip in to help cover our expenses, we'd greatly appreciate it.
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.
November 12, 2018: It’s hard not to see a perverse irony in the fact that Americans are indirectly funding an invasion of their own country!
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.
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.
November 9, 2018: I try to talk to Mexican “human rights” workers who are following the route.
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.
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.
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.
On route to Acayucan, I met a woman named Daysania. She explains why she didn’t try to enter the U.S. legally.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.