Even though they’re hundreds of miles from the U.S.-Mexico border, 12 migrants filed a lawsuit against President Trump for violating their constitutional rights.
The Daily Caller’s David Krayden explains:
As Fox News reports, the lawsuit also names the Department of Homeland Security and cites Trump’s vow to send the illegals back where they came from with the backing of military force as a violation of the Fifth Amendment that states, “no person … shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.”
The 12 from Honduras allege in their lawsuit, filed in Washington’s U.S. District Court, that some aren’t aware of the “well-documented human rights crisis” that is affecting Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. The plaintiffs also say they have been denied access to the Administrative Procedure Act and the Declaratory Judgement Act.
The plaintiffs are particularly concerned about how Trump has affected public opinion by employing tactics of “fear and hysteria,” specifically suggesting there are MS-13 gang members and other criminal elements traveling with the caravan, Fox reports.
A Reuters report detailed how some of the migrants are armed with guns and Molotov cocktails that could presumably be used against U.S. border patrol or army personnel. Another migrant confessed to a reporter that he had been convicted of attempted murder, but figured he could try to obtain a pardon in the U.S.
Vice President Mike Pence says that the President of Honduras told him Venezuela’s socialist regime had funded the caravans. Additionally, both Pence and the president have expressed their belief that Middle Easterners have joined the caravan.