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Amid the arrival of an estimated 6,000 undocumented Haitian immigrants to the northern Mexican state of Nuevo León, mostly returned from the U.S. border after not having been granted asylum in that country, Casa Indi, the main shelter for these migrants in the state, warned Monday, Sept. 27, that the humanitarian situation is worsening due to the lack of a strategy from the National Institute of Migration (INM) and, in general, from government authorities.

With more than 1,400 Haitians already housed inside its facilities and 1,200 more expected to arrive in the next 10 days, Casa Indi is full to the extent that Monterrey’s Miguel Nieto Street, across from Casa Indi has become a makeshift camp for babies, children and adults.

José Jaime Salinas, coordinator of the center, said that Haitians will not leave the shelter for fear of being detained and repatriated by the INM, so he expects that the saturation of Casa Indi and other shelters will only worsen as more migrants arrive.

He noted that the Haitians will need to process their situation in Mexico in order to work and transit through the country, but said asserted that the Mexican Commission for Refugee Aid (Comar) is overrun and they don’t even have appointments.

“This is just the tip of the iceberg,” said Salinas.

He said that most of the Haitians are afraid to cross back into the United States for fear that they will be deported.

In recent days, hundreds of Haitian migrants who were unable to cross into the United States at the Ciudad Acuña-Del Rio, Texas border, decided to go to Monterrey, which they consider to be the safest destination in which they can look for work.

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