Fox News began warning its millions of viewers on Monday about “a new caravan of at least 500 migrants” that “began its perilous journey from a rain-soaked bus station in Honduras to the United States border.”
Fox News dispatched reporter Steve Harrigan to Chiquimula, Guatemala, to cover the so-called caravan of refugees that Trump mentioned for the first time last week.
In a live report from Guatemala on Wednesday, Harrigan could be seen yelling at random pedestrians, who could have been students walking home from school, appearing to suggest to viewers that they were also a part of the “caravan.”
Harrigan said, “You really — as we can see, some more — it looks like very young men here — ¿Cuántos años usted? — He looks to be about 16 or 17, most of them carrying just one sack. And strangely enough, a lot of the young men that I’ve talked to had absolutely no money in their pockets, for what could be a month-long trip. One man told me today, ‘I will rely on people on the road to feed me.’ ”
He later made the baseless claim that the “caravan” could swell up to 15,000 people by the time it reaches the U.S. border.
“We don’t know how big this one’s going to get,” he said. “It’s about 2,000 but it could go to 7,000, 10,000, or 15,000. There’s two more scheduled, so now the waves are getting closer and closer together, because I think these caravans, at least here in Guatemala and in Honduras are seen as a success. People have not been deported back home, they’ve not been thrown in jail. They have made it, so more people are joining.”