Corina Montoya cries as she holds her granddaughter in her arms.

Angie will turn 2 soon. She was just 18 days old when her father left their home in El Progreso, Honduras. Hector Rivas hasn’t been heard from since he headed to the United States in 2012 with the dream of buying a taxi, sending money home and giving his newborn a better life. Here, he only earned $304 a month working for a cooking oil business.

The cell phone Rivas’ family used to reach him has stopped working.

“I called a thousand times,” Montoya says. “It rang and rang, and then a message said it was out of service.”

Now his family fears he’s one of thousands of migrants who’ve died on the perilous journey north. It’s grown more dangerous as security increases along the U.S.-Mexico border, but that didn’t stop Rivas and others like him from taking the risk.

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