- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 25, 2018

Guatemalan officials rescued seven unaccompanied children who were being smuggled inside the migrant caravan, a conservative watchdog reported Thursday.

Judicial Watch, the group that revealed the development, said the smugglers have been arrested and the children have been taken into custody by authorities and are being given welfare checks.

Judicial Watch obtained a photo of the children from a senior Guatemalan official who alerted the organization to the rescue.

“This caravan deal presents an opportunity for incredible criminal activity,” said Chris Farrell, Judicial Watch’s director of investigations, who returned from Central America where he spent time tracking the caravan.

He said he saw among the caravan men with gothic-script “MS” tattoos, which would likely make them members of the violent MS-13 gang President Trump has said infiltrated the caravan.

He also saw what Border Patrol agents refer to as “special interest aliens” — those from countries outside the usual set of nations that send economic migrants.

Mr. Trump has said there are Middle Easterners in the caravan who could be trouble.

• Stephen Dinan can be reached at sdinan@washingtontimes.com.

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