Patricia Giron (center) holds her daughters, Yesenia (left), 6, Wendy (center), 1, and Yocelyn, 6, at the temporary tent camp of asylum-seekers in Matamoros, Mexico, on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. The Giron family, from Chiapas, Mexico, is living in temporary tent shelters under the Migrant Protection Policy, which requires asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico while their asylum claims are processed. (Lynda M. Gonzalez/The Dallas Morning News) ORG XMIT: 20048406A(Lynda M. Gonzalez / Staff Photographer)

MATAMOROS, Mexico – Edwin Vaquiz’s frustration was rising as the 42-year-old Honduran asylum-seeker passed out supplies from a tent with a hand-lettered “Tienda No. 3” sign. There was little water available for drinking at Store No. 3, but there were two kinds of soap for washing clothes in the dirty Rio Grande. There were few portable toilets, but plenty of toilet paper.

Soon the camp of asylum-seekers would be blanketed in darkness and there would be no security.

“Miserable,” Vaquiz said last week of conditions at the migrant camp where he and his wife and daughter have been waiting for the last five months.

Read the full article by Dianne Solis in Dallas Morning News here.


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