April 29, 2018; San Ysidro, CA, USA; U.S. Border Patrol are seen at International Friendship Park as the \"March Without Borders\" rally takes place in support of   the migrant caravan which had arrived in Tijuana earlier in the week. The members of the c

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Caravan of Dreams: 'The Road Ahead For Migrants Under Trump's America'

Stories of the migrants journey and their hopes for new life in America.

Matt Bigler
May 18, 2018 - 11:16 am

(KCBS Radio) - Of the nearly 1,000 people who left from Central America as part of the migrant caravan, just over 200 actually ended up applying for asylum in the U.S. In the final installment of our series 'Caravan of Dreams,' KCBS Radio reporter Matt Bigler takes a look at the uphill battle they face to stay in America.

To be within a stone's throw of the United States after more than a month of travel, brought a mixture of emotions from many of the migrants. 

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Remember Sarah? The transgender woman from Honduras. This is how she felt... "I'm a little nervous, but if I have faith that everything will be okay, then I hope to someday be in the United States."

The Trump Administration didn't exactly lay out the welcome mat for the migrants. "People are not going to caravan or otherwise stampede our border." Attorney General Jeff Sessions went to San Diego to announce that 100% percent of illegal border crossings would now be referred to the Department of Justice for prosecution.

"If you crossed the border unlawfully, then we will prosecute you. It's that simple." The migrant's already small chance at asylum, made even slimmer.

Nonetheless their hope was undeterred. Roelle from El Salvador had a message for the people of the United States. "Please don't see us as bad people or judge us based on race or skin color. We are all equal in the eyes of God. As migrants we just need support."

Arnando Rivera from Honduras says "We're not going to take anything away from the United States. We're going to work hard to get what we want."

The wait for that chance may take years only to end in disappointment and possibly deportation. But we'll leave you with these thoughts from Quena Avila from Honduras...

"Waiting alive, is better than being back home waiting to die."