Border Patrol urges immigrants to stay out of South Texas brush

It TMs a journey that does not always lead to the promised land.

But it is still one hundreds of illegal immigrants are willing to make just to have a better life.

"When I was little I didn't have anything, Maria said after she crossed over into the United States illegally. I had to sleep on the streets and never had anything to eat. I didn't want that life for my children."

To even get to the point Maria got too, before getting caught by police, she had to start at the Rio Grande River.

From there, it is a treacherous 20 minutes walk through thick brush, dodging hanging tree limbs, and climbing through fences.

Action 4 News wanted to see what it was like to travel in illegal immigrants shoes and did just that.

But the journey did not stop at the end of the wooded path---it was actually just the beginning.

Action 4 News cameras were lead to a vehicle, picked up, driven toward Falfurrias, and dropped off a mile from the checkpoint.

Ten minutes in one could tell the journey would be a difficult one.

"People just want to get to a better place, Border Patrol Agent Jara said. They try as hard as they can and that's what is really bad because they try more than they really should."

Agent Jara has been walking these trails for three years. He said, in that time, he has seen his share of immigrants suffering.

"A lot of times they just die out here," Jara said.

Agents report 26 illegal immigrant deaths in 2010.

They said 2011 is fast approaching that number---as they already have 20 this year.