With the tightening of border enforcement under the Trump administration, many Central Americans are choosing to stay in Mexico. Consequently, the Mexican city of Monterrey has become part of the new "American dream".
The metropolitan area of Monterrey is located in the northern state of Nuevo Leon, which shares a border with south Texas. As a result, Central Americans often use Monterrey as a transit stop before they continue on to the U.S.-Mexico border. However, the city has also become a recipient of migrants who no longer want to take the risk of crossing the border.
Monterrey plays host to an estimated 3,500 Central American migrants, primarily Hondurans and Guatemalans.
According to a professor from the University of Monterrey, the capital of Nuevo Leon is an attractive city for any migrant given the employment opportunities that exist. Professor Philippe Stoesslé explains: "There are a number of employment options that those based in the metropolis do not want, such as manual labor for Metro Line 3, which is a source of employment for Central Americans. Thus, there is a 'circular' migration in Mexico that moves as employment is found." Both Mexican and foreign migrants in the area work in construction, mechanic shops, factories, or farming.
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