WASHINGTON, DC - Undocumented minors who made the dangerous journey from Central America to the United States are speaking out for the very first time.
For an hour and a half, the three teens told their stories about why they made the long journey to the United States.
“I left with my sister. I was trying to escape from a man who was trying to hurt me,” said Dolce Medena, who came from Guatemala.
Medena told Democratic lawmakers that an immigration judge has already granted her permission to stay because the judge felt it would be too dangerous for her to return.
The two others that testified recently crossed and were part of the influx.
“I watched two men get murdered. I was afraid they would do that to me,” said one girl who came in July 2013.
“I was riding my bike in El Salvador, selling tamales in a neighborhood when MS 13 told me if they ever saw me in the neighborhood again, they would kill me, said one boy who came in April 2014.
All three reunited with their families.
The testimony comes the same day House Republicans review their plan to deal with the immigration crisis in Southern Texas.
Part of the more than $600 million in funding would go to put National Guard troops down at the border.