In this municipality, humanitarian shelters decided to avoid overcrowding and suspended the admission of new guests from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala
This decision left migrants stranded in Tapachula homeless as they hope to resolve their immigration procedures or continue to the United States.
"We are having a hard time, we have nowhere to sleep, we have nothing to eat," Alberto Garcia, a migrant from El Salvador, said.
The Belen shelter, which is one of the resting places near the Mexico-Guatemala border, closed its doors a month ago because it cannot house so many people. Neither has it received public support to respond to the COVID-19 emergency.
In the surroundings of this lodge, however, migrants use a mango tree's shade as a refuge. Eduardo Mendez, a migrant from Honduras who travels with his family, related that the coronavirus pandemic has left them without job opportunities.
"Without a legal document, we cannot do anything... we cannot move anywhere else, either, " he regretted.
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