When you're in the middle of a 10 day trip, about 70 miles from the highway and you turn around and there's 6 guys lined up across the river on the mexican side with backpacks stuffed so fat that they extend two feet over their heads and about a foot off the ground, and when there's a guy dressed in camo standing in front of them giving you a mean look, I think it's ok to 'profile' aka determine what is going on so you can act in a way that won't get you in some serious trouble. That also explains why I wasn't about to stick my camera in their faces and get more footage.
I'm sorry if anybody here has been profiled before. I'm sure it sucks but this profiling that we had to do is different from the profiling that might happen on the highway for example.
Also, the other group we saw about a half a mile downstream were trying to hide from us. It was pretty funny watching them try to hide in behind these small bushes with those big ass backpacks. I don't think they'd be trying to hide if they had nothing to hide.
All this being said, I don't think those guys with the backpacks were necessarily bad guys. I've been told that many of them are forced to do this. Told that their families will get killed, etc. To me, that's the saddest part about it.