Frontera Digna, Piedras Negras, Mexico
Parish-based Shelter, Operated by Franciscan Sisters
The Frontera Digna shelter currently houses 34 adults and 14 children. The shelter provides 3 meals a day and will allow guests to stay as long as needed. However, the shelter cannot accept new people. In recent days there have not been many people arriving from the south. Shelter staff believe that immigration officers are waiting for people near the train so they can be detained and repatriated. Some people come looking for food, but are generally not allowed to go near the house. When possible, staff distribute food to those who need it.
The Network reported during the week of April 10 about a fire at a second shelter set up by the sisters themselves, in which immigration had commandeered one of their shelters to hold people recently deported from the United States.
The mayor has said there will be a curfew if people ignore orders to stay home. There are currently 7 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the city of Piedras Negras (April 7).
The shelter’s main need at this time is support to continue feeding people who stay in the shelter and cannot leave.