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Mexican group sets up facilities

By Leslie Berestein
February 24, 2005

The eight men at the San Ysidro border crossing looked defeated, their heads hanging low as they re-entered Mexico through a turnstile yesterday afternoon after being dropped off by the U.S. Border Patrol. Some looked ragged. The youngest among them looked a little scared.

Then, as they were briefly interviewed by Mexican immigration officials, a young woman stepped from a small, prefabricated building nearby and greeted them.


"Would anyone like to come inside?" she said in Spanish. "We have water and food. We can tell you about places to stay."

The men nodded wearily and followed her into a new migrant-aid unit staffed by the Coalici

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