A member of a migrant caravan traveling from Honduras to the United States admitted that he was fleeing his home country due to a serious crime he committed.
Fox News reporter Griff Jenkins was interviewing some people in the caravan over the weekend when he met a man named Jose.
Jenkins asked him why he was making the arduous journey across Mexico with the slim hope of getting into the U.S., and Jose admitted that “In my country, Honduras, I got in trouble.”
Pressed on specifically what type of trouble it was, Jose told Jenkins through a translator that he committed the third-degree felony of attempted murder.
Here’s video of the interview:
Innocent or invasion?
Jose’s story adds to fears about potential criminals who might be attempting to get into the U.S., mixed in with some women and children.
President Donald Trump has been criticized for saying that “criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in” the caravans.
Fox News host Shepard Smith recently pushed back against Trump’s characterization that the caravan represented an “invasion” of the United States.
“There is no invasion. No one’s coming to get you. There’s nothing at all to worry about,” Smith said on his program Monday.
Smith believes the caravan, which has already shrunk by about 3,000 members from its peak as some have given up on the journey, won’t amount to much when it reaches the U.S.-Mexico border.
“When they did this to us, got us all riled up in April — remember? — the result was 14 arrests. We're America, we can handle it,” Smith said. “But like I said, a week to the election."
As of Monday, the lead caravan was about 900 miles from the U.S., a distance which could take them months to cover on foot.
They may be sped up, however, by charter buses. Fox News reported Tuesday that migrants in the Mexican state Oaxaca were getting rides from a volunteer “organized bus operation.”
“We’ve seen the 5,000 strong caravan walking to the border but now they’re waiting for a ride to the border,” Jenkins reported.
(H/T The Daily Caller)