Posted on May 26, 2011

Feces & Urine Problem in Downtown El Paso

KTSM-TV (El Paso), May 25, 2011

It’s disgusting, unsanitary and it’s going to leave you shaking your head. Migrant workers have turned a Downtown El Paso alley into a gigantic toilet.

Human urine stains the walls and feces is piled up in an alley that’s just blocks away from the Convention Center and other tourist hotspots.

“If they don’t let you go inside, you have to go anywhere. That’s why El Paso is like that,” Roberto Miranda said.

Miranda is a migrant worker. He sleeps outside of the Farm Workers Center, like at-least one-hundred other people, and he waits for work in the early morning hours. The disgusting alley is around the corner from the center. Miranda admits the migrant workers us it as their personal toilet.


He told us the migrant workers have no choice but to use the restroom outside.

“We don’t want to do that, but all the time when we want to go inside they say ‘no,'” he said.

We questioned the Director of the Farm Workers Center. He told us the people that urinate and defecate in the alleys are not migrant workers.

“Most of the people in the street are homeless people,” Carlos Marentes said.

Marentes told us the alley isn’t his problem.


Tonight we’re still waiting for the City of El Paso to tell us who is responsible for the cleanup.