This 24-year-old woman from Puebla paid a woman $1400 to help her cross the Rio Grande to get to the United States. Along with her brother and boyfriend, she made it across on a boat to McAllen, Tx. The group was then promised a ride to a Border Patrol checkpoint at Sarita but were dropped off in Raymondville, 52 miles short of their desired goal. The three tried jumping on a train but the woman slipped. Her legs were sliced off.
She's now recovering in a Texas hospital and is allowed to stay in a mission with her brother and boyfriend until she recovers. They will probably be deported.
The woman said: "Like everybody in Mexico, I have dreams and aspirations. They're not destroyed, just halted."
A lot of illegal border crossings end up like this--a lot of them with an ending much worse. We just don't hear about it in the media that often. But it happens. And it happens a lot.
Migrant who lost her legs keeps faith
Associated Press - April 29, 2005