Sonora is one of the most important railroad routes in Mexico, for decades it has been the path of thousands of migrants seeking to enter the United States, but some decide to stay along the way.
Telemundo Arizona toured the Las Poppies neighborhood in Hermosillo, a few meters from the Mexican railroad station, which is one of the most important stops made by the beast on the Pacific route. In that area, migrants build houses with cardboard and rubber.
Before reaching the northern border of Mexico and southern Texas, migrants are left vulnerable to what are known as “polleros”, who negotiate with powerful cartels to offer migrants a safe passage in exchange for money.
About 40 people have settled in the place, some migrants from the south of the country, or from Central America, but also in the community there are a significant number of people living on the streets.
Rogelio Gutiérrez Pineda, General Coordinator of Comedor Corazón Contento explains the situation faced by migrants in the area.
“Many times they descend, rest, and search the surroundings as a way to spend the day, many fellow migrants do not reside here for more than a couple of nights.”
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The dining room is located a few minutes from this area of the train tracks, for this reason hundreds of migrants come daily.
“In recent months we have seen an increase in the influx of these people, we are currently serving around 100 dishes a day. There is a registry, a registry of beneficiaries is kept, many people come from Guatemala, Ecuador and also locals from here in the country ”.
During the last few months, shelters and canteens in the city of Hermosillo have reported a considerable increase in the number of migrants arriving in the city, one of the last steps before reaching the border.