A guest at Fox News claimed without proof that migrants traveling through Mexico in a caravan called diseases such as leprosy, smallpox, and tuberculosis and that they "infected our people in the United States."
Former Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent David Ward appeared in the cable network with host Charles Payne to discuss the caravan, which was a frequent target of attacks by President Donald Trump and Republicans. Payne spoke after the US military announced it would send over 5,000 troops to Mexico's southern border before the arrival of the caravan. In addition, Newsweek reported that another 7,000 troops would be operational around the clock.
"The military will be a tremendous asset at the ports of entry to prevent people from entering the ports of entry," Ward began. However, what we have to look at is what happens between the ports of entry and what the border patrol has to deal with.We have three problem tenants with whom we have questions of national security, public safety and public health caravans operating in the United States is coming. "
Later Ward went on to describe what he thought was the health risks of the caravan
" Then we have public health that comes from all over the world Some of the most extreme medical care in the world " Ward said, "And they come with diseases like smallpox, leprosy and TB that will infect our people in the United States."
In El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, the three countries from which the majority of migrants originate, there were almost no cases of leprosy In recent years, according to the World Health Organization. There is no evidence of smallpox cases anywhere in the world. There are cases of tuberculosis in Central America, as in the United States.
Ward's comment comes after Trump claimed last week that "unknown Middle Easterners" mingled with Central American migrants. Emagazine.credit-suisse.com/app/art … = 157 & lang = DE The president who made the caravan an important part of his election campaign in the last days of the interwar period later admitted that he had no proof of his Allegation
On Monday, despite suspecting a mass shooting at a The Synagogue in Pittsburgh, which was partly inspired by hatred for the migrant caravan, Trump returned to the topic.
"Many gang members and some very bad people mingle with the caravan on our southern border," Trump tweeted. "Please go back, you will not be admitted to the United States unless you go through the legal process, it's an invasion of our country and our military is waiting for you!"
Many Gang members and some very bad people mingle in the caravan that leads to our southern border. Please go back, you will not be admitted to the United States unless you go through the process. This is an invasion of our country and our military is waiting for you!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 29, 2018