When we first arrived, we thought perhaps Hotel Migrante was the only option for migrants and deportees, but we were happy to discover, with kiosks right near the port of entry where people are deported, a slew of organizations devoted to the cause. There are three shelters--two for women and minors and one for men. They are short-term shelters each with a stay limit: 3 days for men, 7 for women, 3 weeks for unaccompanied minors. There is also a comedor we visited which serves meals every morning for 5 days after you have been deported. And there is another Catholic group Caritas that provides services like phone calls, assistance with paperwork, food and clothing, and there are also some governmental organizations that work with migrants.
While Hotel Migrante does not have the best conditions, there are some things that set them apart. They are located only 1 block from the port of entry, while all the other shelters are a bus ride away. They also do not have a time limit for the guests, allowing people to work and save to cross again or arrange paperwork, etc. As people are deported at all hours of the day, Hotel Migrante is also the only group that has a 24 hour presence at the port of entry. Article on Hotel Migrante
|Hallway of Hotel Migrante, where most the men slept|
|Warm welcome from the Hotel Migrante crew|
|They have great posters: No to the Kidnapping of Migrants!|