Trump Said 'Bad People' Are In The Migrant Caravan. So A Journalist Shared What He'd Seen.

Photos shared by The Washington Post's Kevin Sieff and numerous photojournalists stand in contrast to Trump's claims.

Trump Said 'Bad People' Are In The Migrant Caravan. So A Journalist Shared What He'd Seen.

While a migrant caravan continues to head towards the United States from Central America, President Donald Trump has vowed to cut off aid to the area and employ military to secure the border. In contrast with the president's description of the migrants — some of whom he has dubbed "very, very bad people," — some journalists are providing a firsthand look at the actual families and children who are making the journey.

In a series of tweets, Washington Post correspondent Kevin Sieff shared images of some of the young children, teenagers, and parents traveling as part of the caravan. In one photo, a young girl sleeps on a makeshift bed on a concrete floor, with a couple of bags of belonging surrounding her. In another, a second little girl smiles at the camera and holds a stuffed koala above her head while walking in a street. About a dozen people are seen also traveling behind her, including a man giving a child a piggyback ride and a girl in a Spongebob T-shirt.  


The moving photos were shared in response to the statements Trump made to reporters on Sunday, as the caravan continued its progression. "You have some very, very bad people in the caravan. You have some very tough criminal elements within the caravan," the president said, also promising to use force to close the border if necessary. "But I will seal off the border before they come into this country, and I'll bring out our military."

Each of Sieff's photos are juxtaposed with Trump's words in the caption. The picture of the little girl and her stuffed toy quotes his statement about the caravan's "tough criminal elements." A video featuring a man walking with his son on his shoulders serves as contrast to another of Trump's assertions about the "hardened criminals" immigrating from other countries. "I don't know what they expect about us, but basically what we want is to have a better opportunity, to have a job," the father states in the clip.

Sieff's images send a very clear message about the realities of the people traveling in the caravan. And he's not the only one sharing photos of life inside the migrant caravan. The AP, Insider, and several other outlets have published images of the men, women, and children making their way through Central America to the border. The photos are all the more poignant in the wake of Trump's more recent response to the caravan's ongoing journey. On Monday, the president dubbed the caravan "a national emergency."

"Sadly, it looks like Mexico's Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan heading to the Southern Border of the United States. Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in," the president wrote. "I have alerted Border Patrol and Military that this is a National Emergy. Must change laws!"  

In response, Sieff again took to Twitter to contradict Trump's comments, writing, "Hello from southern Mexico, where no one covering the caravan has met anyone from the Middle East, and there is no way to discern anyone's criminal history." 

His assessment was backed up by other outlets' reporting. The caravan's leader, Denis Omar Contreras, told The Associated Press that everyone who had joined the caravan was one of four Latin American countries:  Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, or Guatemala.

Cover image via ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images.


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