10/23/2018 – The Washington Post
By Kevin Sieff
TAPACHULA, Mexico — No one here has seen any “unknown Middle Easterners” among the Central Americans heading north through Mexico.
“Hardened criminals” have been tough to identify, as have “very tough criminal elements.”
Those are the ways President Trump has described members of the migrant caravan. When a reporter asked him how he was so sure, he responded: “Don’t be a baby.”
So who are the more than 5,000 people who left Central America in recent weeks, joining a group that hopes eventually to cross into the United States?
Their stories are often reduced to the reasons they fled their hometowns: people running from violence or poverty or trying to reunite with American wives and children. But watching the enormous procession march through the streets of southern Mexico, the most striking thing about the group’s demographic is how varied it is.