Laredo bus station becomes refuge for undocumented immigrants

Hundreds wait patiently at Greyhound station

Laredo-bus

LAREDO, Texas - A Laredo Greyhound bus station has become a refuge for hundreds of undocumented immigrants from Central America.

Many sit patiently as they await the arrival of their bus, and their ticket to be with family and friends across the U.S.

Marlene Castillo and her son, Javier, are from Nicaragua.

After several days in Border Patrol detention centers they were released and happy to be out of the system.

"First we were in McAllen, that's where they took us first. Then we were brought here to Laredo and it's hard because there are too many people," said Castillo in Spanish.

Castillo said the Journey to the U.S. was difficult. She admits she wouldn't be able to do it again.

"We had to walk through mountains, cross through rivers, get wet, fight hunger, go without showers and were in danger because of the Zetas," Castillo said.

Nubia Sanchez and her 5-year-old son, Giovanni, left El Salvador because of the dangers.

"I risked my life and my son's because in El Salvador the crime is bad. They killed my husband and then harassed me that they were going to kill me," said Sanchez in Spanish.

For both women their journey took nearly a month. They were each given a notice to return and appear in court.

Sanchez is headed to San Francisco, Castillo to Miami.

Both hope they will be allowed to stay for good.


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