Molly HennessyFiske | Los Angeles Times | Raw Story | December 20, 2015
HOUSTON — After his village in Syria came under repeated rocket attacks earlier this year, the 32-year-old Christian barber knew he had to save his wife and two boys, ages 5 and 2.
He had once applied to immigrate to the United States, hoping to join his parents and sister, who live in California. But that process could take years, so in May he traded $50,000 worth of land to a smuggler who had the family fly first to Lebanon, and then to Turkey and Brazil, where they spent several months.
From there, the land journey north began, up through Latin and Central America and, finally, Mexico, where they took a taxi to the border crossing in Nuevo Laredo last month. There they turned themselves over to U.S. authorities in the hope of receiving asylum.