How to get around the border: A guide to the US border
Danielle Booth, a 27-year-old software developer from Brooklyn, New York, got the idea to cross the border in May of 2016.
“I’m from New York City, I moved to the states at age 17 and it was the biggest transition I’ve ever been through,” Booth said.
“But I had to be there.
I’m not sure if I could have done it without my husband, who is a border agent.
It was a big deal.”
Booth has since been living in the US and travelling extensively, from Los Angeles to Mexico, across a range of border points, including the Rio Grande Valley and California, to make her way to the border.
She also has a wife and two children.
Booth said she has been in touch with other people who have experienced similar things.
“My story is very much about what it feels like to be in the borderlands, and it is definitely not the same experience that people have experienced at the border,” she said.
Booth’s journey to Mexico Booth’s wife, a former US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agent, was in a wheelchair and unable to accompany her as she made her journey.
They stopped at the US-Mexico border, at which point Booth got the call from her husband.
“He said he had to go,” Booth recalled.
“The only reason we got here was because my husband said he couldn’t be there with me.”
Booth had no idea what was happening until she arrived at the Mexican side of the border, which she describes as “the worst, the most difficult, the harshest”.
The US is not an official border with Mexico, so it’s difficult to cross it.
But Booth’s husband was not allowed to pass through, and she and her husband had to drive from California to San Diego.
Booth and her wife were eventually allowed to enter the US, where Booth said her life has been transformed.
“You get a sense of a sense that you’re on the right path,” Booth explained.
“It’s just that there’s so much uncertainty and so much anxiety.”
Booth’s story is not uncommon for many migrants crossing the border illegally.
Between 2012 and 2016, according to data compiled by the United Nations, more than 2.5 million people crossed the US southern border illegally and were deported.
The United States is one of the countries with the highest number of illegal border crossings, with a total of nearly 11 million illegal entries.
“A lot of people feel like they’ve been through a lot and that they’ve lost the opportunity to get a better life here,” Booth told Al Jazeera.
“And they feel they’ve gotten screwed.”
‘I feel like a stranger’ Booth, who lives with her partner in New York’s Upper East Side, said she was grateful to her husband for helping her through the process.
“They’re my best friends, they’re my first family and I feel like I’m a stranger,” Booth noted.
Booth told her story to US President Donald Trump during a visit to Texas, and said he “had a great sense of empathy”.
“He’s just a person that I trust, that he feels comfortable around, and he really listens to me,” Booth added.
“His response was like, ‘I think I need to tell you that I love you.
And I know that you are so much more than this.'”
Booth, an international student, said her experiences with her husband have changed her view of the US.
“We’re in a very different country now,” she added.
Booth has a three-year old son and hopes to eventually work in the healthcare industry in the United States.
“That’s my dream.
I want to go back to the States and I hope that when I do, that my husband is happy with me,” she told AlJazeera.
The experience has given Booth hope for the future, and made her want to stay in the country.
“This is the country I love, and I really want to work and I think that the country that I live in, the country where I’m from, needs me,” said Booth.
“People are doing a lot to help each other and it’s great.”
In her new home in California, Booth said that although she is still apprehensive about returning to the United State, she has found her way back to her roots.
“Mexico is a country that really needs my skills and I’m so thankful that I can contribute to that, so I really look forward to coming back,” she explained.
The border crossing point that Booth is currently in Mexico is a long-time border crossing.
The U.S. has built a large fence around the northern end of the Rio Verde Islands to stop people smuggling, and the southern end of that border has been sealed off.
However, Booth has not seen any new fencing or fences built in recent years.
“When I think back to my days, I remember feeling like I was at the edge