Migrant Caravan Becomes Major Republican Issue Before Midterms

Published: Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 3:51pm
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As the caravan of migrants from Central America swells, President Trump has called them criminals and threatened to cut off aid to their home countries.

The migrants say they are fleeing violence and are headed to the U.S. border to ask for asylum.

James Fredrick has been travelling with them and he joined The Show to tell us about it. He’s a freelance journalist who contributes to NPR and he was in Tapachula, Mexico, near the Guatemalan border when we spoke.

There's no doubt that immigration is a hot topic with Republican voters.

Take the Pew Research Center poll, which found 75 percent of Republican voters considered illegal immigration a “very big” problem, while only 19 percent of Democrats felt the same way.

With the critical midterms approaching, President Trump’s focus has turned to the migrant caravan as a motivating issue to get his base to the polls. For more on this, The Show was joined by Ted Hesson, immigration reporter for Politico Pro.

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