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Migrants Ride a ‘Train of Death' to Get to America & We're Ignoring the Root of the Problem

Homero Aridjis | Posted 07.08.2014 | World
Homero Aridjis

The evening news in Mexico regularly features footage of a ramshackle freight train known as La Bestia (The Beast) making its way across the country bearing a cargo of illegal immigrants trying to reach the United States's southern border. One can see hundreds of men, women and children perched on the roof, crammed between the boxcars, clinging to the sides.

Honduran Immigrants Make Major Plea To Mexico

AP | MARK STEVENSON | Posted 04.11.2014 | Latino Voices

MEXICO CITY (AP) — About a dozen Honduran migrants who lost legs and arms after falling from trains during northbound journeys across Mexico asked t...

La Bestia's Tragedy, One More Graphic Example of Our Broken Immigration System

Luis A. Marentes | Posted 10.28.2013 | Latino Voices
Luis A. Marentes

While the accident is shocking and its human toll terrible, Sunday's incident is just one in the long list of tragedies associated with this train, regularly used by undocumented Central American migrants as they attempt to make their way to the United States through Mexican territory.

At Least 5 Dead After Infamous Train Derails In Mexico

AP | ANTONIO ALEJANDRO VILLEGAS | Posted 10.25.2013 | World

VILLAHERMOSA, Mexico -- An infamous cargo train ridden by Central American migrants heading to the U.S. derailed in a remote region of southern Mexico...

The Mexican Drug Cartels' Reign of Terror Continues

The 420 Times | Posted 02.14.2013 | Crime
The 420 Times

One facet of the cartel's horrific system is to lie in wait for migrants and then abduct them as they are departing the train on the fringes of Mexico City. Once abducted, the ill-fated individuals are subjected to life threats, physical torture, extortion and some cases even murder.

LOOK: On The 'Train Of Death'

Posted 05.18.2012 | Miami

In order to reach the American Dream in "El Norte," thousands of undocumented migrants from Central America climb onboard "La Bestia," a freight train...

An Immigrant Mother's Struggle To Reunite With Her Unaccompanied Minor Son

Posted 11.06.2011 | Latino Voices

Lilian Cortez held a single red rose as she nervously waited at Los Angeles International airport waiting to see her son. She hadn't seen him since sh...