Photos: Migrants from Honduras adjust to their new life in the US

Orfa’s family was among the hundreds of caravans migrating to the United States via Mexico. San Pedro Sula, their native town in Honduras, was full of gang violence, owing to which the family didn’t even step out of their home there. Over a six weeks long journey, the family migrated to Texico, New Mexico in early 2018. As the family adjusts to a new life here, it is still uncertain whether they would be allowed to stay in the US.

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Carolina (C), daughter of Orfa, a migrant from Honduras, sits with friend Jefferson and younger sister Rachel on Christmas Eve inside her family’s trailer in Texico, New Mexico, U.S. Amid gang violence in Honduras, Orfa migrated to the US with her children Carolina, Bayron and Rachel in early 2018. As the fear of uncertainty remains, the family is acclimatising itself to their new lifestyle in the country. (Loren Elliott / REUTERS)

Carolina (C), daughter of Orfa, a migrant from Honduras, sits with friend Jefferson and younger sister Rachel on Christmas Eve inside her family’s trailer in Texico, New Mexico, U.S. Amid gang violence in Honduras, Orfa migrated to the US with her children Carolina, Bayron and Rachel in early 2018. As the fear of uncertainty remains, the family is acclimatising itself to their new lifestyle in the country. (Loren Elliott / REUTERS)

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Orfa (R), a migrant from Honduras, comforts fellow migrant Karla as she cries following their release from ICE detention at a bus terminal in San Antonio, Texas, U.S. Orfa’s troubles in Honduras deepened when she separated from the children’s father, leaving her with no source of income and little chance of finding work. Eventually, she set out with her three children in early 2018 to make the approximately 2,700-mile (4,300-km) journey through Mexico to the United States. (Loren Elliott / REUTERS)

Orfa (R), a migrant from Honduras, comforts fellow migrant Karla as she cries following their release from ICE detention at a bus terminal in San Antonio, Texas, U.S. Orfa’s troubles in Honduras deepened when she separated from the children’s father, leaving her with no source of income and little chance of finding work. Eventually, she set out with her three children in early 2018 to make the approximately 2,700-mile (4,300-km) journey through Mexico to the United States. (Loren Elliott / REUTERS)

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Orfa and her daughter Rachel look out of the window of a Greyhound bus during a leg of the journey from El Paso, Texas, U.S., to Portales, New Mexico, U.S. They joined one of the ‘caravans’ of thousands of Central American migrants that have made the trip over the past year in hopes of securing asylum in the United States. (Loren Elliott / REUTERS)

Orfa and her daughter Rachel look out of the window of a Greyhound bus during a leg of the journey from El Paso, Texas, U.S., to Portales, New Mexico, U.S. They joined one of the ‘caravans’ of thousands of Central American migrants that have made the trip over the past year in hopes of securing asylum in the United States. (Loren Elliott / REUTERS)

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Rachel and older sister Carolina rollerblade together near the second trailer their family moved to in Texico. The mobile home the children share with their mother in Texico, New Mexico, is hardly luxurious. But this town provides them with something that they did not have in their former home in San Pedro Sula, Honduras - safety. (Loren Elliott / REUTERS)

Rachel and older sister Carolina rollerblade together near the second trailer their family moved to in Texico. The mobile home the children share with their mother in Texico, New Mexico, is hardly luxurious. But this town provides them with something that they did not have in their former home in San Pedro Sula, Honduras - safety. (Loren Elliott / REUTERS)

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Orfa lies on a bed exhausted as her daughter Rachel sits nearby in the trailer where the family temporarily lived in Texico. After a grueling six-week journey of walking, riding on top of trains, and hitching lifts, in which the family relied largely on the kindness of strangers to eat, they wound up at a shelter in Tijuana. The Mexican border city has become the temporary home for hundreds of caravan migrants, who wait for their turn, sometimes for months, to formally request asylum in the United States. (Loren Elliott / REUTERS)

Orfa lies on a bed exhausted as her daughter Rachel sits nearby in the trailer where the family temporarily lived in Texico. After a grueling six-week journey of walking, riding on top of trains, and hitching lifts, in which the family relied largely on the kindness of strangers to eat, they wound up at a shelter in Tijuana. The Mexican border city has become the temporary home for hundreds of caravan migrants, who wait for their turn, sometimes for months, to formally request asylum in the United States. (Loren Elliott / REUTERS)

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Carolina cleans as her siblings Bayron and Rachel play inside the family's trailer . Accompanied by minors, Orfa’s turn to apply came after a week. The family was transferred to a detention centre in Texas, and then released from custody to await future court appearances, suggesting authorities believed the family had demonstrated what the U.S. government calls “credible fear” of returning home. Trump has derided this practice, referring to it as “catch and release.” (Loren Elliott / REUTERS)

Carolina cleans as her siblings Bayron and Rachel play inside the family's trailer . Accompanied by minors, Orfa’s turn to apply came after a week. The family was transferred to a detention centre in Texas, and then released from custody to await future court appearances, suggesting authorities believed the family had demonstrated what the U.S. government calls “credible fear” of returning home. Trump has derided this practice, referring to it as “catch and release.” (Loren Elliott / REUTERS)

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Bayron pretends to drive his neighbour's parked car as his cousin Dalila sits on the hood near the trailer where Bayron and his family temporarily lived in Texico. In San Antonio’s bus terminal, the family and other caravan members said emotional goodbyes as they took buses to different parts of the United States. They have been in Texico since May, living on trailer sites where their cousins and extended family were already. (Loren Elliott / REUTERS)

Bayron pretends to drive his neighbour's parked car as his cousin Dalila sits on the hood near the trailer where Bayron and his family temporarily lived in Texico. In San Antonio’s bus terminal, the family and other caravan members said emotional goodbyes as they took buses to different parts of the United States. They have been in Texico since May, living on trailer sites where their cousins and extended family were already. (Loren Elliott / REUTERS)

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Rachel plays in the living room as President Donald Trump is shown on a newscast inside the family's trailer. An incensed U.S. President Donald Trump has called the migrants “a tremendous onslaught,” sent troops to the border, and pushed for tougher controls and a far more extensive border wall. (Loren Elliott / REUTERS)

Rachel plays in the living room as President Donald Trump is shown on a newscast inside the family's trailer. An incensed U.S. President Donald Trump has called the migrants “a tremendous onslaught,” sent troops to the border, and pushed for tougher controls and a far more extensive border wall. (Loren Elliott / REUTERS)

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They are adjusting to life in the United States - shopping at Walmart, learning to drive, adopting a dog. Carolina has become good friends with her Honduran neighbours, Jefferson and Sulmy. But the children are unable to go to school without proof of identity, Orfa said. Finding food for them when she was not allowed to work was challenging. (Loren Elliott / REUTERS)

They are adjusting to life in the United States - shopping at Walmart, learning to drive, adopting a dog. Carolina has become good friends with her Honduran neighbours, Jefferson and Sulmy. But the children are unable to go to school without proof of identity, Orfa said. Finding food for them when she was not allowed to work was challenging. (Loren Elliott / REUTERS)

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Orfa and her daughters, Rachel and Carolina video chat with the children's father who is in Honduras. The family is settling in Texico, but hanging over their heads is the decision yet to come on whether they can stay or must return to Honduras. Most asylum claims from Central Americans are ultimately rejected. (Loren Elliott / REUTERS)

Orfa and her daughters, Rachel and Carolina video chat with the children's father who is in Honduras. The family is settling in Texico, but hanging over their heads is the decision yet to come on whether they can stay or must return to Honduras. Most asylum claims from Central Americans are ultimately rejected. (Loren Elliott / REUTERS)

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Carolina prepares to leave the family's trailer for a party in Texico. In her native town San Pedro Sula in Honduras, the seventeen-year-old’s school friend was raped by gang members, and Caroline was told that “she was next.” She could never go out in Honduras, unlike now. (Loren Elliott / REUTERS)

Carolina prepares to leave the family's trailer for a party in Texico. In her native town San Pedro Sula in Honduras, the seventeen-year-old’s school friend was raped by gang members, and Caroline was told that “she was next.” She could never go out in Honduras, unlike now. (Loren Elliott / REUTERS)

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A Honduras calendar is fixed to a wall inside the family's trailer in Texico. “I want to give the children what I can, have them go to school,” said Orfa. “They are the important ones. It is not easy here, but maybe the children can study and achieve something.” (Loren Elliott / REUTERS)

A Honduras calendar is fixed to a wall inside the family's trailer in Texico. “I want to give the children what I can, have them go to school,” said Orfa. “They are the important ones. It is not easy here, but maybe the children can study and achieve something.” (Loren Elliott / REUTERS)

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