Along Mexico’s border with the U.S., the last stops for migrants preparing to cross illegally are cartel-controlled stash houses just feet from the border fence.
They’re often a place where drugs and trafficked migrants are held before transportation across the border. They’re also a waypoint for Central American migrants who have paid their own way north.
In one stash house, operated by a man who told VICE News his name is Victor, migrants stay anywhere from a few days to weeks. They scale the border fence behind his house with a ladder, then wait for a train that runs along the border to slow down enough and they hang off the sides until it slows again near the University of Texas at El Paso campus.
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