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I am a sixteen-year-old boy from southern Mexico City My family lived in poverty and when my father was killed in an accident the flow of money abruptly stopped My brother fifteen-year-old Jose and I am planned to cross the border and head to the United States The two of us tried to scrounge up enough money to hire a coyote to help us across but we both decided that wed be better off if we kept the money for unexpected expenses We said our final goodbyes to our family and set off early in the morning Even though it was morning it was still extremely hot outside but that was normal July weather in Mexico The rest of the city was quiet except for a few stray dogs wandering aimlessly through the streets We worked in the mountains collecting coffee beans that year so we both knew the mountain routes very well and decided to cross thereWe got to the mountain trail at one in the morning hoping to get to the United States by at least five o clock We knew that we probably couldnt but gave it a try anyway We reached the bordering fence at about five thirty but the easy part was behind us We knew that this was the ideal time to try to cross the border but what we didnt know is that the border patrol agents knew that too and were waiting for the illegal immigrants during the time of the year that it will be easiest to find jobs An agent caught my brother abruptly but I managed to hide in a nearby bush so the agents couldnt see me but I sure could hear them They made snide remarks about the Mexicans and were talking about how the poverty-stricken Mexicans shouldnt be allowed in the country at all In two hours when I hadnt heard their voices for quite a while I got up and
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