The process of migration is incredibly difficult. It can be even more difficult when you’re doing it alone. That’s why when María and Aidé’s families needed to leave their hometowns, they decided they would go together. United by their faith as Mormons, they left their small town in Chiapas to live closer to the place where their church found significance—Utah.
“The church has been an example and a fundamental part of our lives. We decided to live together so we could lower our expenses. We are headed to the same place, to Utah, because for us, that place has a lot of impact on our religion.”
Together, they found a way to apply through the difficult-to-access CBP One app. They sought to work together continually, seeking support along the way. On their journey, they reflected on how their friendship bloomed—at church. Every decision they made, from then on, would involve their church. “When we arrived at the bus station, the first thing we did was Google the nearest church. We headed straight to it. They allowed us to sleep on the benches, they gave us clothes, and later, a sister from the church invited us to go to her house. She welcomed us with great affection.”
No matter how little the space they occupied was, they grew closer together. “As families, this experience has served us well because it has given us strength to remain united. We have managed to move forward even in the circumstances we are in. She, my companion, has encouraged me a lot. We have learned to value things.” This experience, they reflected, built up their character, and learned to find value in each other.
“What unites us is prayer. We feel we are very blessed with what we have, and praying is how we best find each other. All the little details that we have had, we have talked about.”
María and Aidé leave an invitation for Nogales. “We invite the people of Nogales to be more humane. There are few people like the sister who welcomed us. The rent here is very expensive. We ask you to support and look at who we are from the outside because they do not know what situations we come from or what situations we are in. We didn’t leave our homes because we wanted to.”