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President Donald Trump’s remarks in recent days about a caravan of Central American migrants heading toward the United States have stirred up a political frenzy — in the process distorting reality and ignoring basic facts.

Such caravans are nothing new — a smaller one formed last spring, and similar caravans have been organized regularly for the past two decades. There’s no evidence that the caravan includes Middle Easterners, much less terrorists, as the president has suggested, and annual border crossings remain low by the standards of recent history.

Trump has whipped up a frenzy on the migrant caravan. Here are the facts.

Such caravans are nothing new and annual border crossings are not high by historic standards.


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