In Mexico, rails are risky crossing for a new wave of Central American migrants

by Nick Miroff

Braving Mexico’s rails: At a time when illegal immigration to the United States remains near its lowest point in four decades, the number of Central Americans coming north has soared, putting new attention on the rail system that brings thousands to the border each year.  Photo: Washington Post

At a makeshift church shelter beyond the industrial parks north of Mexico City, the train riders wait under a canvas tent, listening for a locomotive horn. They keep their shoes on and their backpacks zipped.

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