In November, as thousands of migrants left Central America and headed to the southwest border of the United States, Honduran migrant Mirian Celaya gained the nickname “Lady Frijoles” after she complained to reporters about the free tortillas and refried beans that generous Mexicans gave her and other members of the so-called migrant caravan that came to Tijuana, Mexico. Celaya told reporters, “The food that they’re handing out here is terrible. Refried beans? As if they were feeding the pigs. If we don’t eat this, we will die of hunger.” 

Celaya later tearfully recanted her remarks on camera and then went missing. Some commenters assumed that she fell victim to violence, which is frequent along the border dividing the U.S. and Mexico where corrupt officials and narcoterrorists prey on locals and foreigners. 

However, it emerged over the weekend that Celaya successfully entered the U.S. Her sister posted a video on Instagram that was distributed on Instagram. “Here is my sister, for all those who hurt my sister, all those who said she was dead,” said Celaya’s tearful sister. 

Celaya said on the video, “I triumphed because I have an all-powerful God who fights all of my battles.” In the video appears a small girl, who is apparently Celaya’s niece. Celaya’s sister told the camera, “While they said she had been deported to Honduras, and that she would arrive tomorrow at I don’t know what time. See where she is: in Dallas, Texas!” 

Celaya confirmed on camera, “Here I am in Dallas. This was a promise that God fulfilled.” She said that she suffered and shed tears, “God is with me, because He dried every one of my tears and here I am with my sister.”

The sister, whose name is not mentioned in the videos, added, “Thanks to all of you who cared, who asked about my sister and prayed for her. I thank you from the heart.” 

Reaction varied on social media in Spanish. In one case, a post said: “Good for her. And since the sister is in Texas, why didn’t cross through [Mexican state] Tamaulipas and there she could have requested political asylum. Why go all the way to Tijuana?”
 

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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