Short Summary: Enrique's Journey By Sonia Nazario

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In her essay “Enrique’s Journey,” Sonia Nazario pinpoints that immigration has effected the United States drastically. She quotes “The single mothers who are coming to this country, and the children who follow them, are changing the face of the United States.” This quote establishes a meaning for the creation of her award winning novel. In order to have everyone aware of the issue she decides to put a face to her investigative journalism, so, which is how she chose to follow every immigrants dream but, in one embodiment, Enrique. Enrique was young when he was his mother, and of course at the time they were living in poverty. This encourages his mother, Lourdes, to head to the United States, where she can find a job with higher pay and send …show more content…
In her first paragraph of the afterword, Sonia says “An estimated one million children live illegally in the United States,” like Enrique, almost all have spent time away from a parent before following him or her to the U.S. (273). Sonia considers that one in four children in the nation’s schools is an immigrant or either the child of one (273). Which she goes to tell that before even reaching the U.S. these children must undergo a traitorous journey. Sonia does this effectively in which she tells how in the south of Mexico, children are likely to be kidnapped or even to the north, in Nuevo Laredo, where there gang members attempting to rob the kids for everything they have. Sonia shows these harsh conditions that they children have to go through well simply with all the violence, no food, no shelter, and etc. that they would have to go …show more content…
She goes on by stating statistics such as 75 percent of migrant children are heading north in search for their parents and numbers of children who die on their journey. Furthermore, limiting the migrations to one human helped narrow down ones thought about the journey to the north. Which is where she tells the story of Enrique and the trials of attempting to cross to the U.S., but failing numerously. In addition, the descriptive way of telling all the exact moments in the story which were either sentimental, saddening, or glorious moments. Sonia Nazario says, “For months I traveled in Enrique’s footsteps, I lived with the near-constant danger of being beaten, robbed, or raped” (XX). Immigration is a huge reoccurring and ongoing issue today in society, not much people are aware of what these migrants have to go through. Migrants will change the American population by a

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