SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras – Reina Castellanos and Cristobal Bardales are a Honduran couple who, undeterred by the tough stance the United States has adopted towards migrants under President Donald Trump, on Wednesday joined a migrant caravan in search of their American Dream.
“We are leaving this country to improve, often we have no job, nor means to buy food,” Castellanos told EFE at the San Pedro Sula intercity bus station in northern Honduras.
Her 27-year-old husband told EFE that when he does find the odd job sowing corn and beans he can only aspire to earn between 200 to 300 lempiras daily ($8-$12).
“It is barely enough for food,” Bardales added.
The pair are traveling with two other relatives and their son.
The five family members sat on a cement floor at the bus terminal, with some 200 migrants waiting to board a bus scheduled for 5.00 am (11.00 GMT) towards Agua Caliente, on the border with Guatemala.
“We are leaving in search of an American dream,” Castellanos said.
The couple said it was the first time they would be joining in a caravan towards the United States, despite not knowing where they would go when they arrived.
“The truth is I do not know how far, but as long as we reach the US, Texas, I do not know,” Bardales continued.
“I hope to God everything goes well on the road. I am leaving my mother behind. It hurts a lot,” the young man said.
The couple met a year ago and do not have children.
They say they are not afraid of the danger that migrants are exposed to along the perilous route.
The tightening of migration laws in the US has not deterred them either.
“Well, we have heard… but we took a decision to leave. It doesn’t matter what we face,” said Reina.
And despite hearing rumors of the dangers of traveling across Guatemala and Mexico to reach the US, the suffering the couple has endured is reason enough to pick up sticks and search for a better future elsewhere.
Among the crowd waiting for the bus to Agua Caliente, is Israel Conor, a Nicaraguan married to a Honduran with whom he has three children aged three, five and eight years.
The 36-year-old told EFE that they are leaving the country for many reasons.
To find a good job and for their children’s future.
“Here there are no sources of work, there is nothing.”
He added that he is trained in multiple skills and has worked as a bricklayer and electrician.
When asked about the harsh migration policy of the US, he said that it targeted Latinos and that President Donald Trump “has never liked that we emigrate to his country.”
“The truth is that the United States is made up of all Latinos, they are the source of work.
“If you look, they (Latinos) live in all states.
“The Latino is the one who has always taken the country forward.
“We already know the risk of Donald Trump, migration laws, but if they give us the opportunity to work, there we will be,” Conor said.