Mexico opens library for detained aliens

AP News
Posted: Dec 04, 2009 2:13 PM

Foreign migrants caught while in Mexico illegally can now at least fight boredom while mourning their bad fortune.

Mexico's National Immigration Institute says it has installed a library with 1,000 pieces of reading material at its holding station in eastern Mexico City. It's named "Looking South," even if many of the migrants caught were looking north, hoping to cross Mexico to reach the United States.

The agency says the project is meant to give the detained migrants what it calls "elements of distraction and cultural enrichment during their stay."

Spain's international development agency is helping finance the project that opened Friday.

The involuntary visitors can also watch DVDs or television and use a computer at the facility.