NAHJ Responds to tweet by The Associated Press calling march of migrants ‘like a ragtag army of the poor’

Washington, D.C. – While it is significant to address the issues surrounding the migrant caravan moving through Mexico, this caption by The Associated Press pressures language that invalidates the plight of these migrants.

NAHJ acknowledges that this group is strong and courageous for leaving the place they call home in pursuit for a better life.  This group has braved a long journey to find a new environment where they can excel and find pride in themselves and how they support their families.

While not all may recognize the extremity that these individuals may have suffered through and what they have endured to escape such struggles, however it is imperative that the press portrays this battle they have fought in a fair and accurate light. Therefore, terms such as ragtag and poor must be exchanged for words that are less biased and assumptive.


About NAHJ The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) is the largest organization of Latino journalists in the United States and dedicated to the recognition and professional advancement of Hispanics in the news industry. The mission of NAHJ is to increase the number of Latinos in the newsrooms and to work toward fair and accurate representation of Latinos in news media. Established in April 1984, NAHJ created a national voice and unified vision for all Hispanic journalists. NAHJ has approximately 2,300 members, including working journalists, journalism students, other media-related professionals and journalism educators. For more information please visit or follow on Twitter @NAHJ.

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BA Snyder
Veritas Group for NAHJ