But the father of six, like others in the rural farming village of Yalambojoch, decided traveling with a child was the only way out.
Another child has died while in custody of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, this time on Christmas Eve.
Most families in Nenton are of indigenous origin and subsist on corn and bean farming, as well as money sent back from relatives working in the United States and Mexico, according to a local government report.
"It was his dream, " said his stepsister Catarina Gomez Lucas, 21. They added that the exams are sometimes "conducted by individuals that are under contract support services to the Border Patrol". "We've got over 1,500 emergency medical technicians that have been co-trained as law enforcement officers".
The father of the 8-year-old Guatemalan boy who died in US government custody says his son had shown no signs of illness before falling sick Monday, the same day he died.
In response to the two migrant children's deaths, Homeland Security Secretary Kirtsjen Nielsen was planning to visit the U.S. -Mexico border region Friday and Saturday, Politico reported, citing a department spokesperson Katie Waldman.
Congressman Beto O'Rourke of Texas says the situation with the boy's illness isn't uncommon, noting all that these migrant children have been through.
8 at a hospital in El Paso, Texas, after being detained with her father near the Antelope Wells Port of Entry in New Mexico.
US House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi called on Wednesday for the DHS internal watchdog, the Inspector General's office, to investigate Gomez's death.
Now the head of Customs and Border Protection is reiterating calls for Congress to provide more funding to handle the influx of migrants crossing the border.
"Trump will say he's protecting our country while executing his ill-conceived and inhumane border "policy". "One of whom is 3 years old and has a fever". CBP has not named the boy, but US Rep. Joaquin Castro identified him as Felipe Alonzo-Gomez.
10pm: Felipe is nauseous again.
Instead, the boy fell ill and died.
"We need to budget for medical care and mental health care for children in our facilities and I'm committed to improving our conditions, even as we work on the broader problems-border security, and of course solving the issues in our legal framework that are inviting these families and children to make this risky journey", he added. "It's been more than a decade since we've had a child pass away anywhere in a CBP process, so this is just devastating for us". "On behalf of US Customs and Border Protection, our deepest sympathies go out to the family", Kevin McAleenan, the CBP commissioner, said in a statement released late Christmas Day.
CBP said the boy and his father were provided food and water. "He was well. He was happy". Alonzo was first taken to the hospital Monday and diagnosed with a cold. His fever was 103 degrees.
"The doctor said his health was OK, " she said her father told her. He was hospitalised twice that day before dying, the agency said.
"Redress to her family should be provided and if any officials are found responsible they should be held accountable. But then he said he felt bad and his stomach ached", the stepsister said.
The young boy was returned to the hospital hours later after he began vomiting. "It can't be. Don't abandon me here".
"All we want are those things, " she said.