TAPACHULA, Mexico (AP) — The 36-year-old Cuban mechanic’s eyes glazed over as he recalled his time at the Siglo XXI holding facility: 50 people sleeping in 9-by-12-foot pens, feces overflowing the latrines, food and water always scarce.
Women slept in hallways or in the dining hall among rats, cockroaches and pigeon droppings, as children wailed, mothers reused diapers and guards treated everyone with contempt.
The article goes on to state the following:
“They threw us in there like little animals,” a Honduran woman said.
The Associated Press was denied access, and the National Immigration Institute, which oversees the facility, did not respond to requests for comment. But about 20 people interviewed by AP including migrants, officials and rights workers who’ve been inside, described it as sorely overcrowded and filthy, and alleged repeated abusive treatment by agents tasked with running it.
Crossing through the barred entryway, one emerges onto a patio and a sort of loading dock where people come and go on buses. Migrants arrive after being swept up in raids or tricked into thinking they’re just going to have their documents checked, several ex-detainees said. Shoelaces, belts and phones are taken away, though extra food, a cigarette or a phone call can be obtained — if you can pay for it.
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Mexico’s largest migrant detention center is crammed as families complain of inhumane conditions https://t.co/jQcWoXWwGA
— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) June 17, 2019
This is what happens when thousands of migrants take advantage of our immigration laws, and politicians refuse to address it—they make the conditions inhumane for those who actually need it. https://t.co/ssw19c7G6J
— Kelsey Bolar (Harkness) (@kelseybolar) June 17, 2019
Migrants, officials and rights workers who’ve been inside Siglo XXI, said to be the largest immigration detention center in Latin America, described it as sorely overcrowded and filthy.
“They threw us in there like little animals,” a Honduran woman said. https://t.co/cvcXqKQbmV
— NBC News (@NBCNews) June 17, 2019
An immigration holding facility in southern Mexico is plagued by crowding, filthy conditions and abuse, witnesses say. https://t.co/Lk8U98yRwz
— The Associated Press (@AP) June 17, 2019
Using Politricks and religion, Hispanic people are turned against Hispanic people, Africans are turned against Africans, Arabs are turned against Arabs. Europeans are turned against Europeans. Keep picking sides. I bet no one wins. Damn it, I am… https://t.co/yExoLpJNrO
— Anderson A Charles (@IdyI) June 17, 2019
Women slept in hallways among rats, cockroaches and pigeon droppings, as children wailed, mothers reused diapers and guards treated everyone with contempt. https://t.co/nTF4ASmO0h
— WTOL 11 (@WTOL11Toledo) June 17, 2019
Migrants shout demanding better conditions or that they be transferred to another center, at an immigration detention center in Tapachula, Chiapas State, Mexico, Friday, April 26, 2019. pic.twitter.com/4m2OX0dXSF
— Moises Castillo (@moises1975) April 27, 2019
Over 1,000 migrants break out of southern Mexico detention center
Seen inside a van after being recaptured near the Siglo XXI alien detention center after a large group of Cubans, Haitians and Central Americans broke out and escaped the facilities, in Mexico 4/25/19 pic.twitter.com/4AHZyrEeOl
— Incarnated_ET (@Incarnated_ET) April 26, 2019
DETENTION CENTER ABUSE | The federal government has acknowledged that the National Migration Institute is one of Mexico’s most corrupt institutions. https://t.co/6O163fmHgN
— WCJB-TV20 (@WCJB20) June 17, 2019
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