A gas station along Veterans Boulevard, Del Rio, Texas, serves several functions. While patrons buy gas, lottery tickets or have their cars serviced, hundreds of Haitians recently released from immigration authorities gather there trying to decipher the next step.
The migrants arrive after completing asylum paperwork with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection or from the Val Verde Border Humanitarian Coalition. The latter connects migrants with relatives who will send funds for airfare or bus fare to new locations. For many migrants, it’s a long day of trying to get answers, charging their smartphones or exchanging money or information. Eventually, many find their way to a Greyhound bus, which arrives twice daily to pick up whoever has a ticket.
Leonardo March is Brooklyn-based visual journalist from Puerto Rico. In a previous life Leonardo was a photographer and graphic designer, skills he’s refocusing to cover the Haitian Diaspora in the US. Leonardo can be reached at Leonardo@haitiantimes.com