Article by Bryan Howard
November 26, 2018
Chief Border Patrol Agent Rodney Scott appeared on CNN for an interview with John Berman. They discussed the migrant caravan in Tijuana attempting to get asylum in the United States. Berman tried to paint these migrants as innocent and should not have been tear gassed, but Rodney Scott stopped Berman in his tracks. Scott educated Berman on the violent outbreak in Tijuana and these are not true asylum seekers because most of them do not fit the requirements.
John Berman asked, “The caravan, though — the 5,000 to 9,000, depending on which count you believe, that is in Tijuana right now — those are people coming to the border, as far as you know, for asylum, isn’t it?”
Chief Patrol Agent Rodney Scott responded, “I do not believe that is true. I believe that there are definitely people in that group that are going to try to claim asylum. The vast majority of those, from what we call ‘the Northern Triangle’ are economic migrants, though. They do not meet the qualifications to get asylum here. They can still apply, that’s a different issue. However, what I saw on the border yesterday was not people walking up to border patrol agents and asking to claim asylum. Matter of fact, one of the groups that I watched — one of the groups that several of them were arrested — they passed 10 to 15 marked border patrol units …. numerous uniformed personnel, as they were chanting, waving the Honduran flag, and throwing rocks at the agents. If they were truly asylum seekers, they would have just walked up and surrendered, and that did not take place.”