They traveled over the border through one of three of the international bridges between Brownsville and Matamoros. Three of them crossed in vehicles of different makes and models heading to Black Friday sales at Sunrise Mall and Best Buy. Two more crossed on foot and headed right into downtown to visit secondhand stores run by Koreans and craft shops managed by students from the nearby college.
Those five would head back that afternoon.
The last travelers were automatically exiled once they braved the desert, coyotes, Minutemen and the Rio Grande Rubicon to enter into their brand new golden cage.