The idea that every migrant within the migrant caravan heading toward the United States is pure as the driven snow is a ridiculous notion.

The purpose behind the caravan is to pressure American politicians by attempting to gain entry into the United States illegally. While this makes every person attempting to gain entry into the U.S. without proper authorization a criminal in the eyes of the law of the United States, others within the caravan are criminals by more typical means as well.

The media and the Democrats have been coming down on the notion that the caravan could contain criminal elements, including terrorists. To suggest something of that nature is racist according to our elitist superiors.

However, both history and recent events tell us that the chances of terrorists and criminals being embedded in the caravan is far more likely than not.

How likely? The DHS reports that over 67,000 people attempting to gain entry to the U.S. were apprehended by U.S. authorities who came from 14 nations marked as “of interest” or actual “state sponsors of terrorism” according to National Review:

Federal agents in 2015 nabbed 3,977 people from the four places that the State Department then classified as “state sponsors of terrorism,” plus ten others that the Transportation Safety Administration since 2010 designates as “countries of interest.” All told, 67,180 individuals from those 14 nations were apprehended while attempting to enter, or residing in, America illegally — from fiscal years 2006 through 2015 — according to the Department of Homeland Security’s 2015 Yearbook of Immigration Statistics, released last November.

So within a nine-year span, thousands on thousands of potential terrorists were attempting to illegally come into this country. While the report doesn’t explicitly say some of these attempted to gain entry via the southern border, Texas border patrol can confirm it themselves.

According to the Washington Post, Texas border authorities speak like it’s not that uncommon:

In a report to Texas elected officials, the state Department of Public Safety says border security agencies have arrested several Somali immigrants crossing the southern border who are known members of al-Shabab, the terrorist group that launched a deadly attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, and Al-Itihaad al-Islamiya, another Somalia-based group once funded by Osama bin Laden. Another undocumented immigrant arrested crossing the border was on multiple U.S. terrorism watch lists, the report says.

The Washington Post adds later:

The department said it had come into contact in recent years with “special interest aliens,” who come from countries with known ties to terrorists or where terrorist groups thrive. Those arrested include Afghans, Iranians, Iraqis, Syrians, Libyans and Pakistanis. In all, immigrants from 35 countries in Asia and the Middle East have been arrested over the past few years in the Rio Grande Valley.

To assume that terrorists from Middle Eastern nations would not be within the migrant caravan attempting to gain entry into the U.S. would be foolish at best, and monumentally deadly at worst. The threat is very real.

Terrorists aside, even the migrants within the caravan admit there are criminal elements within the caravan. According to one migrant interviewed by Fox News from within the caravan, there are “criminals everywhere. It’s criminals in here.”

Due to his broken English, he may very well be saying that criminals exist within the caravan, as well as everywhere else. Indeed, he does say that not everybody there is a criminal and that the caravan is filled with good people. I have every reason to believe him.

Regardless, the media narrative that every person in the caravan is the poster child of morality is beyond ridiculous. It would be much better to assume criminal elements within the caravan are present than blow off any notion that the caravan is less than pure.