Keep calm about the caravan



October 31, 2018 - 12:14 PM

This map shows the location of the caravan as of Saturday, Oct. 27. Image courtesy of CNN.

When someone sitting at home hears an unexpected knock at the door, the question arises: Does the person on the other side mean well or ill? When a throng of foreigners begins a long march toward our border, Americans understandably wonder about their intentions. The caravan of several thousand people coming north through Mexico has stirred all sorts of fears here at home.

The concerns have gotten some, well, encouragement from the administration, with the president saying the group includes “criminals and unknown Middle Easterners” and the vice president attesting, “It’s inconceivable that there are not people of Middle Eastern descent.” The gunman who allegedly carried out a mass slaughter at a Pittsburgh synagogue had claimed a Jewish organization that works with refugees “likes to bring invaders in that kill our people.”

But the actual grounds for fear are sparse. The president offered no evidence that dangerous thugs have joined the march with hopes of preying on Americans. Most of the caravan members are reported to be women and children, and it’s not clear how many will actually finish the journey. Almost all the suspected terrorists apprehended trying to get into this country are nabbed when they arrive at airports.

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