Cubans wait on the steps of Cubanos en Libertad for family members to pass through the port of entry in Laredo, Texas. Photograph: Ilana Panich-Linsman/New York Times/Redux /eyevine
Q24N (The Guardian) As if it were promoting tourist excursions, a banner above a bureau de change by a border crossing in Laredo offers bus trips to some of the region’s most notable landmarks: its immigrant detention centres.
But the spectre of incarceration is not a worry for the growing numbers of migrants who mount the steps to Alejandro Ruiz’s office above the money exchange, just along from a fried chicken joint and a garish pawn shop. His patrons are Cuban and they enjoy a special status that contrasts with the way that Mexican and Central American asylum-seekers are