Fox News restarts Caravan coverage from 2018 Midterms

  • Fox News plays what they call the “biggest migrant caravan ever”.
  • Much of the coverage goes back to GOP’s announcements ahead of the interim period in 2018.
  • Estimates cited by the network and other outlets are mostly from the border patrol officer’s union.

On Monday and Tuesday, Fox News ran a series of segments about what they described as the “largest migrant caravan ever” in Mexico, often citing an estimate that the group could swell up to over 15,000.

The network will present the basics, although sometimes omitting or looking at the key context – especially the completely legal asylum process and the involvement of non-profit organizations – as a group of around 11,000 people primarily from Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba have gathered along the Mexico-Guatemala border the last days.

Designing migration as something the American public has to “pay for”, as “Fox and Friends” host Ainsley Earhardt did on Tuesday morning, has little to do with the details of seeking asylum and is more like what was briefly an asset. on the network back in 2018.

Ever since then, migrant caravans have repeatedly returned to the network as a topic that has not received the same intensity of attention outside the conservative media ecosystem.

Title 42, a pandemic-related restriction on what would otherwise be legal entry into the United States, is the primary obstacle asylum seekers face. The Biden administration tried unsuccessfully to lift the Trump-era restriction, but a federal judge blocked the move last month and it remains in place.

Another aspect of the caravan that an organizer from a non-profit organization told The Guardian is the goal of drawing attention to asylum policy and American cooperation ahead of President Joe Biden’s upcoming summit in America.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced on Monday that he would not attend the summit after the Biden administration excluded the governments of Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua. López Obrador has also expressed sympathy for the migrants who gather in the south of the country, despite recent violent actions by the Mexican National Guard.

Ahead of the 2018 mid-term, President Donald Trump and Republican Republicans focused heavily on an anti-immigration message before Democrats finally took back the majority in the House. Fox News repeated the talk until the election week, but then reduced its coverage dramatically, according to an analysis by the Washington Post. This was also before the Trump administration implemented its “stay in Mexico” policy, which López Obrador has defended since taking office.

The other major problem with Fox News coverage is that the high estimates they use come from the National Border Patrol Council, the union of U.S. Border Patrol officers and staff. While the union had been party-political since its inception in 1967, its leadership supported Trump in both 2016 and 2020.

There is no advice that cites the same statistics on the official website of the US Customs and Border Patrol. Should the union’s estimate come true, it will be one of the largest mass migrations in registered history, but not nearly as large as forced migrations from Europe and South Asia that have numbered in the millions.

A Fox News spokesman declined to comment for comment.