On social media, users are sharing photos and videos of what is believed to be the latest US protest against immigration policies. That is not true. The pictures show a protest from 2022 against the corona measures in force at that time. In fact, a similar convoy recently crossed the Mexican border, which is actually against US immigration policy.
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count Dutch Facebook users Share videos and pictures showing the anti-American procession. The trucks were reportedly headed for the Mexico-US border. “Americans in trucks head en masse to border to defend it against invasion orchestrated by Washington,” we read in the caption of one video.
Dutch journalist and opinion maker Joost Niemoler British ex-politician Jim Ferguson of the Brexit Party shared the same video. Further TikTok The video goes viral. In the post we read 'Thousands of American patriots have descended on the border to defend their country from globalist invasion'.
Is it true that the video shows an anti-US vehicle landing on the Mexico-US border?
We take some screenshots of the video and upload them to Google Images and Tineye search engines. It brings a video from a US news site Business Insider. We see the same images in the tweets and Facebook posts that we saw in the video.
Below the video we read: 'A convoy of truckers heads from Atlanta, California to Washington DC to express their outrage over Covid-19 restrictions. Along the way they are encouraged by large groups of supporters.
We google 'anti-trucker Adelanto' and end up in an article from a news agency Reuters, published on February 22, 2022. In it we read that 80 vehicles were traveling from Atlanta, California to Washington DC. Demonstrators demanded an end to the Covid measures in place at the time. Procession arrived In the capital on the weekend of March 5.
Convoys to the Mexican-US border
The video may have been taken during another protest, but a recent convoy headed to the Mexico-US border.
This is due to the long-standing conflict between the US government led by President Joe Biden and Greg Abbott, the Republican governor of Texas.
Security of the Mexico-US border is a bone of contention. According to border officials, about 302,000 migrants crossed the border illegally in December 2023. A complete monthly record, according to Governor Abbott.
To combat this migration, last summer Abbott built a 300-meter-long floating river on the Rio Grande, which separates the United States from Mexico. boundary wall On that day.
According to the Biden administration, the border wall is illegal because the federal government must approve the strengthening of the borders.
The US Supreme Court has also ruled that the Border Patrol can move or cut barbed wire. It was against Abbott's wishes, but a victory for the Biden administration.
A group of Americans got together and decided to organize a convoy to the Mexican-American border.
In the name of 'Take Back Our Border', the demonstrators want to denounce illegal immigration from the South. Let's discuss the routes Website of initiative.
The first convoy left Virginia on 29 January. Other convoys from California and New Mexico followed. On February 3 a convoy arrived at a village near the border called Quemato. We read that Deutsche Welle and news agency Reuters.
– On social media, users are sharing photos and videos of what is believed to be the latest US protest against immigration policies. That is not true.
– This is the fight against corona measures from 2022. American truckers from California traveled in caravans to the capital, Washington DC, to express their displeasure.
– So we rate this video as the latest American protest against immigration lie.
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– All sources last consulted on February 9, 2024.
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