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This is what it’s like to cross the US border from Mexico

The story of a young woman named Lourdes is revealed through her Facebook posts.

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A Facebook post from Jorge, who documented his border crossing from Honduras to Houston. (Jorge/Facebook)

Ever wonder what it’s like to cross from Mexico to the United States without authorization? Fusion chronicles the story of 25-year-old “Lourdes,” who documented her multiple attempts to cross the border and join her girlfriend in the States.

Lourdes posted to Facebook many times during her months-long ordeal, which included six unsuccessful attempts. Her posts chronicle the dangers of the journey — one activist told her she could expect gang rape, at the very least, if she tried to go alone — and also its loneliness. In this video, she talks about being led astray by a man who was supposed to guide her, and ends with a heartfelt message to her girlfriend:

Fusion reports that Lourdes finally made it through, after spending much of 2014 trying. Whatever your feelings on unauthorized immigration, you have to at least feel relieved that a young woman who was in a perilous situation is now safe. Fusion also tells the story of 13-year-old David, who also posted to Facebook while trying to exit Honduras; his updates stopped abruptly more than a year ago.

Lourdes asked Fusion to post this statement alongside her video:

“It’s not a crime to try and get ahead. It’s not a crime to work to give your children something better. I don’t know why people don’t understand our poverty, our sadness. We deserve respect, we deserve a chance to work, and to live well, and to study.”

You can read more about her journey here.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/mexico/140529/what-it-s-cross-the-border-mexico