Editor’s Note — Benji Carter is a reporter with CNN travel. Get inspired by his travels on Instagram at @sotooit. (CNN) — T.X.A. Del Rio, Texas. It is the kind of town you don’t come across very often, particularly this far down in the middle of nowhere. So when CNN’s Michael Hall finds it in our 5 Things podcast, it wasn’t exactly a surprise. But it was unusual. Just off the busy motorway winding its way out of
Dallas to Mexico’s Las Vegas area, a cluster of barbed wire fences encloses an area that was once home to thousands of migrant caravans. “We tend to know the migrants going north on trains, that they are building camps, but we hardly ever see them go south on foot,” Hall says. From the top of this short but surprisingly high-ceilinged building, it’s a dramatic view into this once bustling neighborhood. A row of
shuttered eyes stare down at the concrete ground below, papered with papers and clothing. For thousands of people, it’s been the beginning of the end. Like all the things Hall’s investigated during his brief time in the borderlands, no one had much to say about those being locked in. No cops, not even a padlock on the door. It was simple, mostly uniform, blue uniformed sheriff’s deputies, stationed right on the road.
Everyone from customs agents to truck drivers to local authorities. CNN’s Michael Hall and viewers are treated to an exclusive look inside the former US Border Patrol station. For the migrants, it was a simple sign, a quiet, working structure. With a capacity for 300 migrants, it was filled to capacity within six months. Once the camp was empty, Mexican authorities took possession and began moving the people out.
It’s likely that everyone in the camp was Hispanic. There were no Haitians, Cubans or Congolese, yet refugees from all around the world. They were Latin American Latinos. Related content Mexico’s rough border no place for kids to be Since this area is so remote, security is even harder to come by. If there is a problem, nobody knows about it. For those remaining, the day ended with only one thing to do: hunker down
and wait. Closer to the border, we meet Brett King, who runs a local farm in Hidalgo, Mexico, that is now at the epicenter of a natural disaster and a humanitarian crisis.