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Meet One of the Caravan’s Main Organizers, Pueblo Sin Fronteras

Radical left-wing group operates in Central America as extension of Chicago-based, nonprofit community operation

Few Americans have ever heard of Pueblo Sin Fronteras, the shadowy People Without Borders radical left-wing group behind the caravan making its way from Honduras through Guatemala and Mexico north toward the U.S.

That is because the Left so often diffuses its role in political operations like the caravan among multiple front groups, projects and centers, confident that ideologically sympathetic mainstream U.S. journalists rarely dig beyond the groups’ public relations spin.

The Washington Post on Tuesday, for example, presented the genesis of the caravan as essentially a spontaneous nonpolitical coming together prompted by informal, uncoordinated  posts on Facebook and other social media.

“Although the caravan’s origin story remains somewhat opaque, the answer from many migrants here is that they had wanted to leave for months or years, and then — in a Facebook post, on a television program, in a WhatsApp group — they saw an image of the growing group and decided,” The Post reported.

Related: Key Question: Who Is Funding and Supplying the Migrant Caravan?

A little further on in the same story, Honduran radical left-wing activist Bartolo Fuentes (pictured above right) told The Post that “he was merely helping to connect small groups of would-be migrants who were already planning to travel north. In September, there were posts on Honduran Facebook groups about the plans for the caravan.”

Nothing more is said about the September posts, but Fuentes provides a hint in further explaining his role in bringing the caravan together.

“He said he was in touch with four groups of would-be migrants who were talking on WhatsApp and other social networks — in Tegucigalpa, the capital, as well as La Ceiba, Colon and San Pedro Sula — about the possibility of traveling together,” The Post reported.

People with those groups, Fuentes told The Post, “contacted me; they said, ‘We saw what you’ve written; we want you to tell us how the caravan had gone in March.’” he said. As with the present caravan, Fuentes and Pueblo Sin Fronteras were deeply involved in organizing the Spring 2018 journey.

Then The Post reported that “A week before the caravan started, Fuentes posted on his Facebook page a flier about the caravan that read, ‘We aren’t going because we want to, violence and poverty is driving us out.’ It called people to meet at 8 a.m. Oct. 12 at the San Pedro Sula bus terminal.”

The flier helped circulate among those joining the caravan the “official” explanation, repeated over and over by the media for why so many elected to become part of the effort — poverty and violence back home.

Honduras is among the most dangerous and corrupt countries in the world, so the explanation contains a core of truth. But the efforts of Fuentes with his Facebook posts, flyers, and other means demonstrates how radical left-wing groups take conditions on the ground and then channel them into coordinated action that advances their political agenda.

In other words, Centro Sin Fronteras, La Familia Latina Unida, and Pueblo Sin Fronteras are all cogs in an interlocking directorate of radical left-wing immigrant issue organizing, protesting and migrant caravan formation and management.

Research analyst Hayden Ludwig’s job at the Capital Research Center in Washington, D.C.  is to dig behind the headlines to understand the role, funding and impact of groups like Pueblo Sin Fronteras.

Ludwig told LifeZette that Pueblo Sin Fronteras has to be viewed in connection with a related group, the Centro Sin Fronteras (Center Without Borders), which “is the mainstay behind the illegal immigrant caravans. The nonprofit was founded in Chicago in 1987 by Emma Lozano, a pastor at the city’s Lincoln United Methodist Church.”

The church, Ludwig said, “is a hotspot for left-wing activists and where other pro-illegal immigration groups such as the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and Make the Road New York have co-hosted events with her to help illegal immigrants register for” the federal government’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

But the link between the two seemingly unconnected Fronteras groups goes even further, according to Ludwig.

“The center appears to coordinate much of the caravan activity through Pueblo Sin Fronteras (“People Without Borders”), a project of the center affiliate La Familia Latina Unida (The United Latin Family).”

“La Familia Latina Unida is a 501(c)(4) activist front created in 2001 by Lozano and the illegal immigrant Elvira Arellano, who is listed as the group’s president. Arellano was deported in 1997; she returned a few days later, and continued working in the U.S. under a fake Social Security number before joining the center around 2001 as a refugee hiding from immigration officials in the Adalberto United Methodist Church in Chicago (a church closely connected to Lozano’s).”

In other words, Centro Sin Fronteras, La Familia Latina Unida, and Pueblo Sin Fronteras are all cogs in an interlocking directorate of radical left-wing immigrant issue organizing, protesting and migrant caravan formation and management.

Centro Sin Fronteras’ 2016 federal tax return reported revenue from grants, dues and fees totaling more than $317,000 since 2012, but the annual totals show a steady decline from $145,800 in 2012. No income was reported for 2016. The group’s 2017 return reported $27,000 in revenues.

No return could be found for Pueblo Sin Fronteras.

President Donald Trump encouraged journalists on Monday to dig deeper into the organization, support and participants in the caravan because he contends many individuals in the migrant march are associated with violent gangs like MS-13, the Mexican drug cartels, and Middle Eastern terrorist groups.

Vice President Mike Pence said Tuesday that Honduran officials believe at least some of the funding for the caravan came from Venezuela’s socialist regime.

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Mark Tapscott manages LifeZette's political coverage. He is an elected member of the First Amendment Center's Freedom of Information Act Hall of Fame, has testified before Congress on transparency in government, and is a former CPAC Conservative Journalist of the Year. Reach him at [email protected].