Dozens of women from Central America remain stranded at a Texas bus depot as they await a decision on their immigration status. Vanessa Johnston reports.
Dozens of Central American women stranded at a bus station in Laredo, Texas, Friday. Local migrant detention centers are full, as undocumented migrants continue to pour across the Mexican border. Authorities have granted them permission to stay for 30 days. Then they must present their case to a judge. With nowhere to go, they wait in the bus station. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) INGRID ZULEMA QUINONEZ, HONDURAN IMMIGRANT, SAYING: "We have a month. I will go before the court and depending, we'll see what they tell me there." Most of the women are from Honduras. Many migrants risk their lives to flee to the U.S. on dangerous, overcrowded trains through Mexico. Organized crime is rampant in Central America and jobs are limited. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) INGRID ZULEMA QUINONEZ, HONDURAN IMMIGRANT, SAYING: "Where I come from, delinquency is all there is. It is very bad there. In your own country, they take everything from you. We have come here, because even though we have suffered during the journey, thank God we are here." (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MARIA FUENTES, HONDURAN IMMIGRANT, SAYING: "It is very difficult over there, at least for me who has two kids, the money just isn't enough." Locals have donated clean clothes and food, but it is uncertain how long the migrants will be here. On Friday, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden met with Guatamala's president Otto Perez to address the root causes of migration. The same day, the Obama administration announced it would donate tens of millions of dollars to Central American governments.