The frustration is growing among more than 1,600 Central American migrants who spent more than a week in a decommissioned factory under protection in the border town of Piedras Negras in northern Mexico.

Joe Rivano Barros of Texas-based Refugee Advocate Raices said the sentiment peaked on Wednesday after police and soldiers guarding the shelter did not allow migrants to go to nearby shops.

Rivano, who was outside the shelter, said people were frustrated and confused because they felt trapped and nobody told them what was going on.

The Coahuila state security officials did not respond to a request. In a statement, they admitted that some migrants received complaints and stated that they were paying attention to them.

The majority hopes to cross the border to seek asylum in the US.

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