In 2020, the couple was paying close attention to the Democratic presidential candidate, Joseph R. Biden Jr. He promised to restore the possibility of asylum for people persecuted in their own countries and to be kinder toward immigrants than the incumbent he was running against, Donald J. Trump.
“I decided that Chile was a first step,” Mr. Alexis said. “To really advance, we needed to reach the United States.”
He and his wife gathered about $5,000 and began the trek to North America, by foot and by bus, sometimes paying smugglers to guide them along remote, perilous trails. At one point, they ran out of food and drinking water. Ms. Peroux continued to breastfeed Antonio to spare him from river water that might be contaminated.
When Mr. Biden was elected, the family celebrated at a refugee camp in Panama, where they had been waiting for Costa Rica to ease Covid-related border restrictions.
It was there that they befriended Julien Cheridor, 53, a Haitian accountant who had also decided to leave Chile. He told Mr. Alexis about a pastor in Pennsylvania whom he had known in his youth, and Mr. Alexis began listening to his sermons.
“The words of the pastor inspired me,” Mr. Alexis said.
By the time they reached Mexico in early 2021, Mr. Alexis heard that migrants who reached San Luis Río Colorado, a border town in Sonora state, were managing to cross into Arizona. From near Mexico’s southern border, they took a 19-hour bus ride to Mexico City, and then boarded another bus for 34 hours to San Luis Río Colorado.
Source : https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/30/us/haitian-migrants.html276