Hundreds of Central American migrants on their way to the United States are now forced to sleep out in the open air due to the closure of the San Juan Diego shelter. The fate of the shelter is an illustration of the harassment experienced by refuges - yet another obstacle faced by the migrants on their difficult journey through Mexico.
Abandoned clothing lies on a train track.
16 Jul 2012. TULTITLAN, Mexico. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo
Migrants from Central America wait in line to be registered at a temporary shelter.
"The shelters stand between the immigrants and the interests of those who want to benefit from them," said Jorge Andrade, a member of the local non governmental organization (NGO) Ustedes Somos Nosotros (You Are Us). "Because of their vulnerability, they are easy prey for criminals."
The NGO used to support the Casa del Migrante San Juan Diego, a shelter in Lecheria that was closed in July, 2012 by church authorities because of complaints by neighbours who said the migrants had become disruptive to the neighbourhood and were contributing to insecurity in the area, which is located along the train tracks that many migrants use to travel north.
3 Aug 2012. TULTITLAN, Mexico. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido
An illegal migrant couple from Honduras kiss before being transferred to a new shelter.
A group of migrants living at a temporary shelter under a bridge near the suburban train station, was evicted and relocated to a new shelter in Huehuetoca, 21 miles (34 km) north of Tultitlan, after neighbourhood organizations asked authorities to close it.