Aug 6, 2013

Undocumented Immigrants: Faces Of The Displaced

August 6, 2013

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Genenis Yamileht, 20, from El Salvador, spends a night at the Hermanos en el Camino immigrant shelter on August 5, 2013 in Ixtepec, Mexico. She said she planned to ride a freight train north with her husband the next night as part of their journey to the U.S. border and eventually to Houston, Texas. She hopes to get employment as a domestic worker. Thousands of Central American migrants ride atop the trains, known as 'la bestia', or the beast, during their long and perilous journey through Mexico.

Many of the immigrants are robbed, raped othewise assaulted by gangs who control the train tops, while others fall asleep and tumble down, losing limbs or perishing under the wheels of the trains. Only a fraction of the immigrants who start the journey in Central America will traverse Mexico completely unscathed - and all this before illegally entering the United States and facing the considerable U.S. border security apparatus designed to track, detain and deport them. 

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