Undocumented Family Crosses the Southern Border and Reunites In Queens

A migrant family poses with masks on behind a gate.

JOHN JAY COLLEGE — Once the car door flew open, four migrants ran swiftly down a steep hill to a big, tall maroon fence separating Mexico and the United States. Human smugglers waited for the migrants at the end of the hill. Once all the migrants were by the fence, the smugglers threw a detachable ladder at the fence top. Rushing the migrants to climb.

Jamaican-born citizen Ray started to climb the ladder first; his half-sister Chelsea stretched her five-year-old daughter Rain towards the ladder, urging Ray to lift her with him.”Take Rain with you!” she yelled.