NOGALES, SONORA, Mexico − The Virgin of Guadalupe watched over a boy at the front of a church.
The framed picture of the patron saint of Mexico hung above the altar at the San Juan Bosco migrant shelter in Nogales, Sonora. The young migrant boy wore a bright blue Sonic the Hedgehog shirt and clutched a phone as he faced a group of asylum-seekers.
More than 25 migrants, many of them from Venezuela, sat in the worn green cloth chairs of the church as they called loved ones and rifled through their belongings in creased government-issued plastic bags.
A handful of expelled asylum-seekers had been dropped off at the shelter Thursday afternoon, only a few hours before Title 42 would lift.