CNN journalist Jim Acosta put his investigative skills to work on Thursday and traveled to the southern border searching for evidence of a “national emergency.”
Acosta took to social media to share his findings that disproved Trump’s claim that a humanitarian and security crisis was occurring… or so he may have thought.
“I don’t see anything resembling a national emergency situation,” Acosta tweeted on Thursday from McAllen, Texas.
But his own network shared a report of at least 20 bodies that were found burned in their vehicles, an incident being attributed to the Mexican cartel.
“Mexican authorities found at least 20 bodies, most of them burned, along a dirt road in the northern state of Tamaulipas near the US border, officials said,” CNN tweeted.
From the CNN report:
Mexican authorities found at least 20 bodies, most of them burned, along a dirt road in the northern state of Tamaulipas near the US border, officials said.
The bodies were found Wednesday afternoon near four charred pickup trucks and a sedan in the rural community of Refugio Hinojosa near the town of Miguel Aleman, federal police said.
The incident appeared to be the result of a confrontation between two criminal gangs, Tamaulipas Attorney General Irving Barrios Mojica told journalist Carmen Aristegui in an interview for her radio show in Mexico. Aristegui is also the host of a show on CNN en Español.
He said some of the victims had been wearing “tactical vests with military-type uniforms” and bullets were found nearby that came from weapons typically only used by the military.
Breitbart News added:
Authorities believe the cartels used explosives and grenade launchers in the skirmish. One of the vehicles left at the scene was described as a white pickup with Texas license plates and makeshift armored plating. It featured logos to pose as a vehicle used by the Mexican Navy. The Northeast Cartel has a long history of using cloned uniforms and equipment to blame authorities for their atrocities.
Investigators believe grenades and incendiary devices were used by the Northeast Cartel to overwhelm the Gulf Cartel’s armored plating techniques.
The bodies of the 21 cartel gunmen and the burned vehicles were discovered by a Mexican Army squad assigned to Miguel Aleman, information provided to Breitbart News by Tamaulipas law enforcement sources revealed. The soldiers called nonmilitary authorities to report the discovery. A squad of state forensic investigators took custody of the scene to gather evidence and try to identify bodies.
This incident reportedly occurred about 50 miles from McAllen, where Acosta was reporting.
Yes, 50 miles from where Acosta said there was no national emergency, cartel rivals blew one another up with explosives right on the other side of the border.
As Reuters reports, areas near the border are “greatly fought over” by gangs as the victors then control the influx of arms, drugs, and traffickers into the United States.
Luis Rodriguez, a spokesman for state police, said in a statement that it appeared gunmen from the Gulf Cartel had fought with members of the Northeast Cartel, a group that split off from the Zetas.
Irving Barrios, the state’s attorney general, said in a radio interview that authorities found semi-automatic weapons and bulletproof vehicles at the site.
The area is “greatly fought over” by traffickers of arms and drugs as well as those who help undocumented migrants to cross to the United States, he said.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders took to Twitter to say the reason Acosta did not see evidence of a “national emergency” where he was looking was because there was a border wall in that area.
“I never imagined @Acosta would be there doing our job for us and so clearly explaining why WALLS WORK. Thanks Jim!” she wrote.