Fox News anchor Shepard Smith on Monday debunked claims made by President Trump and by members of his own network about the risks posed by a so-called “caravan” of migrants making its way toward the U.S. border.
“Tomorrow the migrants, according to Fox News reporting, are more than two months away, if any of them actually come here,” Smith said on air.
“But tomorrow is one week before the midterm election, which is what all of this is about,” he added. “There is no invasion. No one’s coming to get you. There’s nothing at all to worry about.”
Shep Smith on the migrant caravan: "There is no invasion. No one is coming to get you. There is nothing at all to worry about." pic.twitter.com/4dLmPuZem0
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Trump has called the caravan of Central American migrants an “invasion” and has labeled the group’s journey to the U.S. a “national emergency.”
The U.S. military announced on Monday that it will send more than 5,200 active duty troops to the U.S. border with Mexico by the end of the week.
Smith also reminded viewers that Trump previously raised alarms about a similar caravan of migrants heading toward the border in April.
“When they did this to us, got us all riled up in April, remember?” Smith said. “The result was 14 arrests. We’re America, we can handle it. But like I said, a week to the election.”