"I Want To Be with My Mom" The Children Trapped at the U.S. Border and Their Stories

Thousands of unaccompanied minors from Latin America are trying to make their way to the United States, where their parents have already arrived. But their dream often ends when they arrive at the border. Two children share the stories of their journey.
By Nicola Abé and Luis Chaparro in São Paulo, Brazil, and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico
These mothers from Nicaragua are trying to migrate to the U.S. with their daughters. They made it to Texas, but many are caught before they get across the border from Mexico.

These mothers from Nicaragua are trying to migrate to the U.S. with their daughters. They made it to Texas, but many are caught before they get across the border from Mexico.

Foto: John Moore / Getty Images
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Migrants from Central America wade across the Rio Grande to enter the U.S. from Mexico.

Migrants from Central America wade across the Rio Grande to enter the U.S. from Mexico.

Foto: Tayfun Coskun / Anadolu / Getty Images
A boy from Central America jumps across a stream on the Rio Grande at the Mexican-U.S. border in Ciudad Juárez.

A boy from Central America jumps across a stream on the Rio Grande at the Mexican-U.S. border in Ciudad Juárez.

Foto: Luis Torres / Agencia EFE / imago images
Children play in the yard of the Noemi Alvarez Quillay shelter in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.

Children play in the yard of the Noemi Alvarez Quillay shelter in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.

Foto: JOSE LUIS GONZALEZ / REUTERS
A migrant child exercises in a recreation area at the Noemi Alvarez Quillay immigrant shelter.

A migrant child exercises in a recreation area at the Noemi Alvarez Quillay immigrant shelter.

Foto: JOSE LUIS GONZALEZ / REUTERS
Children play in the courtyard of the Noemi Alvarez Quillay shelter.

Children play in the courtyard of the Noemi Alvarez Quillay shelter.

Foto: Luis Chaparro
The dormitories at the children's shelter in Ciudad Juárez

The dormitories at the children's shelter in Ciudad Juárez

Foto: JOSE LUIS GONZALEZ / REUTERS

This piece is part of the Global Societies series. The project runs for three years and is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.