Kirk Semple Narrates The Caravan in Four Paragraphs

In what has become an annual rite, often around Easter week, hundreds of migrants, most of them Hondurans, started their northward procession from the southern border city of Tapachula on March 25. Under the aegis of Pueblo Sin Fronteras, or People Without Borders, a transnational advocacy group, the migrants moved north en masse — on foot, hitchhiking and on the tops of trains.

The size of the group — 1,200 or larger — offered security for participants against criminals and other perils that lurk on the migrant trail. For the organizers, the multitude guaranteed more attention to the plight of the migrants, many of whom were fleeing hardship and violence.

The caravan’s organizers originally hoped to lead the group as far as the southwest border of the United States, which many hoped to cross one way or another. Based on past caravans, however, the organizers expected that the vast majority of participants would drop out along the way, choosing instead to travel in smaller groups or stay in Mexico.
But the group grew so big, including hundreds of children and infants, that the organizers paused the procession here last weekend, even before it had captured Mr. Trump’s attention.

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