Mexico's Southern Border
The US-Mexican border is well documented in its tragedy and difficulty, but Mexico's southern border is the first and most difficult hurdle for Central Americans. It is a notoriously dangerous stretch. Robbers, corrupt immigration and police officers often rob, beat and kill naive travelers headed North. Once detained by Mexican officials, they are sent to a main detention center in Tapachula where they are bussed back, with the help of the US government, to their native countries. Nearly every detainee says he or she will try again. They have nothing to lose.