Wednesday, January 17, 2007

The Brownsville Herald:Matamoros to Open Second Facility for Migrants A second Casa Del Migrante will open its doors to migrants, where they will be able to spend some time before they decide whether to continue the journey north in search of the American dream. A handful of organizers, residents, religious clergy and politicians were on hand to inaugurate Matamoros’ second house for migrants. “La Casa Del Migrante is a place where migrants can reflect, and those that don’t want to continue on, the Mexican consul will do everything we can to transport those people back to their homes,” said Victor Manuel TreviƱo, the Mexican consul in Brownsville. Construction on the facility, which can house 40 people, began in September and was completed in December. The home includes bathrooms, a kitchen, a recreation area, a reception area and a patio for migrants to socialize and relax, said the Rev. Francisco Gallardo Lopez, coordinator of a migrant support network for the Catholic Diocese of Matamoros. Women and men will sleep in different rooms. The home will accept entire families. Migrants seeking refuge can stay up to three days at the home before they decide whether to continue on to the United States or return home, Gallardo said.