Omar R. tried to collect his thoughts as his wife, Maria, sat on the bed in their hotel room in San Antonio, staring out the window into the distance. Their 4-year-old daughter, Jony (looks like “Honey”), was crawling around the bed, playing with Barbies donated by local families, innocently oblivious to her parents’ concerns.
For now, the hotel serves as a temporary residence for the Venezuelan family after their four-month trip to the United States. The first time they were stopped by Mexican immigration officials near the Texas border and deported to southern Mexico. The second time they arrived in the United States, crossing from Piedras Negras, Mexico, on April 16.