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Two Sisters Flipped a Coin, One of Them Was Sent to Hell

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CIUDAD ACUÑA, Mexico—Rose, 29, left Port au Prince with her little sister Dominique and her baby daughter five years ago. They could never get back on their feet after the 2010 earthquake that devastated the country so they decided to head for Brazil where well-paid jobs were being advertised for the Olympic Games in 2016.

When the Olympics ended, the work was over. They managed to survive for four more years in a variety of jobs paying less than minimum wage but Brazil denied them any possibility of accessing permanent regular status in the country.

So, when they read in a private Haitian WhatsApp group about the opportunity to enter the U.S. through a porous spot at the Mexico border and legally request political asylum, they started a three-month journey to the border.

When they started the 5,000-mile voyage, Rose had a 6-month-old baby girl as well as her eldest daughter, who was now 5.

“We travelled in a group of 50,” Rose told The Daily Beast while looking across the Rio Grande from Ciudad Acuña in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila, into Del Rio, Texas.

“It would’ve been impossible for us travel alone and not get kidnapped or abused,” she said, in a shy Brazilian Portuguese.

The group used smugglers on some of their path, according to the sisters.

“We paid smugglers in Colombia, in Ecuador,........

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