LAREDO, Texas — Thousands of undocumented immigrants put their lives at risk every year to reach U.S. soil, crossing the unforgiving south Texas badlands; and many even take on El Rio Grande.

Our KENS 5 News team walked the Laredo, Texas trails undocumented immigrants take on their journey to reach the American dream that at times takes their life. 

"Unfortunately rescue or recovering a dead body on the Rio Grande is a far too normal occurrence," Chief Patrol Agent Felix Chavez said.