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Migrants held in filthy conditions in Mexico border town

July 2, 2021 GMT
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Haitian migrant Dor Louis Hermann holds his three-year-old son Aadam Jr. at a makeshift camp for migrants near El Chaparral pedestrian border bridge in Tijuana, Mexico, Thursday, July 1, 2021. Dor Louis, who left Haiti because of the ongoing violence he allegedly suffered there, has been in Mexico with his family for two years and hopes to cross soon with his family into the United States. (AP Photo/Emilio Espejel)
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Haitian migrant Dor Louis Hermann holds his three-year-old son Aadam Jr. at a makeshift camp for migrants near El Chaparral pedestrian border bridge in Tijuana, Mexico, Thursday, July 1, 2021. Dor Louis, who left Haiti because of the ongoing violence he allegedly suffered there, has been in Mexico with his family for two years and hopes to cross soon with his family into the United States. (AP Photo/Emilio Espejel)

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s governmental human rights commission said Thursday that migrants have been detained in filthy conditions in the border town of Piedras Negras, across from Eagle Pass, Texas.

The commission described visiting a municipal police facility where there was sewage, blocked toilets, rats and a horrendous smell in some cells.

The commission said its inspectors found 13 migrants in the facility; while it did not list their nationalities, most migrants detained in Mexico are from Central America. It called on authorities to improve the conditions.

It said the cells also lacked proper ventilation, despite the heat in the area. Both migrants and Mexicans held at the jail said they were not given food.

One HIV-positive migrant was found being held without access to medications.

Local police forces generally don’t fall under the aegis of the federal commission, nor are they empowered to detain people because of their immigration status.

But the local immigration detention center, which is a federal office, was also found to be holding migrants at more than twice its approved capacity.