Fox News correspondent Griff Jenkins may have successfully foiled a group of migrants from Honduras trying to gain illegal entry into the United States.
“You can see they’ve got a family in a raft,” Jenkins whispered into the camera as he observed the scene from afar while hidden in the bushes across a waterway. “What we’re witnessing now is clearly a family that was being brought over.”
“This is an attempt to illegally cross and they’ve gone back over there,” Jenkins continued, in a segment that aired Tuesday on Fox News. “We seem to have successfully foiled this attempt.”
The Fox News reporter then caught up with a number of migrants and demanded answers as they marched along a muddy road.
“You know this is an illegal crossing? And you came anyway? Why did you come is what I’m asking you? Can you tell me why you came illegally?”
An unnamed migrant, whose face was blurred by broadcasters, said she was from Honduras and that she and fellow migrants were seeking to escape criminal gangs in their home country. In a live shot after the segment, Jenkins took time to tell viewers of “Fox & Friends” that not all the migrants were women and children.
“Your heart goes out to them, and there is a situation where we allow refugees into the country. There’s just got to be an order and a method and a practice to practice,” said “Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade at one point in the show. “You can’t just have random people coming across. But way to highlight the human aspect of it.”
As a large migrant caravan numbering thousands of people slowly moves through Mexico toward the United States border, the issue of illegal immigration has once again returned to the fore of GOP talking points. With the midterm elections approaching, President Trump has vowed to halt the caravan by any means necessary.
“Sadly, it looks like Mexico’s Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan heading to the Southern Border of the United States. Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in,” Trump tweeted Monday. “I have alerted Border Patrol and Military that this is a National [Emergency]. Must change laws!”