Red Bluff, Calif.-- A Red Bluff woman who made the long trip to the U.S. from Honduras as part of a caravan ten years ago is speaking out about what the journey is like.
Finding strength to overcome adversity is something Aledia Reyes does most each day.
A mother and cancer survivor , Reyes is closely watching news of the South American migrant caravan making it's way towards the U.S.
For her, the events unfolding miles away are personal.
Her thoughts of President Trumps' responses:
"Its unfair what he does to the people, because is people. The people who are emigrating are the poorest from over there and they come walking because they don't have money to pay for a bus and they come with kids. Its very hard," said Reyes.
Ten years ago, Reyes made a similar heart-wrenching decision: escape what she says was a life of poverty in Honduras, and to seek a better life here in the United States.
That choice meant leaving her two children behind with a family friend.
"I left two of my kids in honduras.and I came alone... Because of the poverty and to give them a better life to my kids. It was very hard but also because of fear I couldn't bring them with me. It's a very difficult path," said Reyes.
Still, it is a path thousand of migrants are willing to take - despite the tough stance put forth against illegal immigration by the trump administration.
Reyes says those who choose to make such a long, dangerous and even potentially deadly journey are not criminals, only desperate.
"Its not at easy path, you suffer a lot. You have to endure hunger, cold, a lot of foot pain, your shoes get destroyed. Its really hard," said Reyes.
For Reyes, the American Dream is only partially met - She is here in the United States, along with two children born in the U.S.
But Reyes has since been able to bring only one of her two kids left behind in honduras, to the states.
"My dream was to fight against cancer to see if I could reunite my four kids so if I die I can leave them together, the four here. But thank god I beat cancer," said Reyes.