In "Enrique's Journey" and "Which Way Home" there were children who were leaving their current situations to live what they thought would be a more enjoyable life. Even though they moved away from their homes because they wanted to pursue a better life, they still couldn't find joy and satisfaction at their new destination or on the route to their new destination.
Their mothers promised the children that they would return at once, and for some like Enrique, eleven years passed by without ever seeing his mother once. Seventy-five percent of abandoned children look for their mothers who embark on this dangerous journey to the United States involving bandits, drug cartels, and corrupt cops. Enrique’s mother, Lourdes, leaves January 29, 1989 promising Enrique and his sister Belky that she will be back soon. She starts off on her journey and reaches the United States. For years she works and sends money back to Honduras for her children (Nazario
Enrique’s journey from Honduras to the U.S. unveils the innate loyalty of a loving child to their mother and presents the dangers that a migrant faces on the road with consistent angst; nevertheless, it supports the idea that compassion shown by some strangers can boost the retreating confidence within a person. In Sonia Nazario’s “Enrique’s Journey,” he seeks the beacon of light that all migrants hope to encounter; “El Norte.” Like many children before him, it is the answer to the problems of a hard life. While being hunted down “like animals” leading to “seven futile attempts,” he is
The movie “El Norte “is the one of the most successful and influential movies to represent the immigrants state. Director Gregory Nava’s gives the story of Guatemalan siblings Rosa and Enrique’s journey in a melodramatic way. The movie is divided to three main parts, Guatemala, Mexico and United States. The story of Rosa and Enrique’s shows us community, the power of language and culture in different countries.
Should everyone have the right to immigrate?There were many human rights issue in my novel Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario. The human rights mentioned by Sonia was the right to pursue economic opportunity , to immigrate , to safe travels , and to a free education . These human rights are still affected people within the United States and other country. Due to these human rights issue we need to take action to the most important human right issue is the right to immigration. There are three sources that explain the right to immigration based on Enrique’s Journey and what people do and feel about this. Enrique’s Journey relates to real-life issues of immigration by explaining the challenges people face. They are determined
They slip into the San Diego rail yard furtively, preferably beneath the protective cover of darkness, jumping fences, eluding guards and dodging two hundred -ton locomotives in a perilous dash for the most elusive of prizes, a free ride to the north. According to Jose Flores, an illegal Mexican immigrant seeking work in the United States says, “To be truthful, I have no idea of precisely where this train goes, other than it takes us to el norte” (Griffin 363+). The fact that each night literally hundreds of men and women clamber over the barricade is testament to its ineffectiveness and to the irresistible pull of United States jobs “that on average pay eight times their equivalent in Mexico” (Griffin 363+ ). Javier Ortega, a 40-year-old auto body repairman from Guadalajara, says, "It doesn 't matter how many people, horses, bicycles, helicopters or planes they use…. People will go. It doesn 't matter if the fence is electric" (Griffin 363+). These people carry dreams with them in hopes for a better life. These people are willing to walk day and night through any desert and any river they come across to achieve the “American Dream.” Illegal immigration between Mexico and the United States is a serious situation that needs to be solved. To better understand this situation, one must analyze the causes and effects and come up with a solution.
Many immigrants want human right like other but they still don’t give respect.In Sonia Nazario’s Enrique's Journey. Enrique face many challenges to get to the United States. Enrique and Lourdes’ challenges illustrate the undocumented people don’t have same human right
I can only imagine what immigrating to america is like for these families, everyday children my age and younger are risking their lives to come to America and It really makes me appreciate how much I have. For Lourdes, Enrique, and Maria Isabel in Enrique’s Journey they must make the hard decision of leaving everything they grew up with in Honduras to come to america for a better life. Lourdes, Enrique’s mother, could no longer afford to feed and send her children to school and was struggling to make money with her job. “Lordes can think of only one place that offers hope… Lourdes has decided: She will leave. She will go to the United States, and make money and send it home.” (p.20) Lourdes decides to make the trip because it
The hardships one would encounter in their lives have become a part of our society, because they act as stepping stones to build ourselves with trials to reach any higher ground. It’s ready is the best, and worst possible actions we have done to ourselves.
In the novel Enrique’s Journey, Sonia Nazario demonstrates the onerous journey of illegal immigrants. Sonia Nazario aims for the readers to make them understand what most of the immigrants go through during their journey to the United States. By appealing to ethos and pathos throughout the book, Sonia Nazario portrays the path that Enrique undergoes to reunite with his mother.
According to President Obama (2014), “If we are serious about economic growth, it is time to heed the call of business leaders, labor leaders, faith leaders, and law enforcement- and fix our broken immigration system. Republicans and Democrats in the Senate have acted. I know that members of both parties in the House want to do the same” (President Obama, 2014). The United States of American has long been the safe haven for those who seek to escape poverty, hunger, torture, and oppression in their home countries. According to the film, The Other Side of Immigration (2009), in 1970, the United States housed 750,000 immigrants and as of 2009, there are
Each year, thousands of Central American immigrants embark on a dangerous journey from Mexico to the United States. Many of these migrants include young children searching for their mothers who abandoned them. In Enrique’s Journey, former Los Angeles Times reporter, Sonia Nazario, recounts the compelling story of Enrique, a young Honduran boy desperate to reunite with his mother. Thanks to her thorough reporting, Nazario gives readers a vivid and detailed account of the hardships faced by these migrant children.
I never expected Enrique’s Journey to be such a personal work. Being a journalistic book, I expected a lot of research in it, but not to the level Nazario’s gone to. Definitely, the way she introduced herself into the enduring situations that migrants go through when they try to reach the US gave me a new perspective of what to expect from the book. She comes from a migrant family too, so she can sort of relate to the characters in the book. However, as she confesses herself, her journey was nowhere as arduous as what these children go through to find their mothers. And the way in which she involved herself into the situation increases her empathy for Enrique en other numberless children.
In the novel Enrique’s Journey I feel Enrique is a perpetrator of crime. He unlawfully enters the US in the hope of finding his mother. Yes, it is a heartbreaking story, but that still does not excuse the fact that he broke the law. There are some dangers when attempting to illegally enter the US such as death and diseases. Death is a concern for the person trying to enter the US; they can be killed along the way by countless different ways, such as: Starvation, dehydration, burns, falling off of trains, freezing, and murder. They also can bring diseases into the United States that can kill many. When Unaccompanied Alien Children are apprehended Border Patrol and other guards are forced to watch and care for them. Some children may have diseases and a guard may catch it. Many undocumented people lack basic vaccinations. This is not only affecting the person who is travelling, but others around them too.
Enrique’s Journey focuses and sheds more light and understanding on the aspects and challenges of extreme poverty, family abandonment, systematic issues of an immigration system and what one has to go through in the face of adversity. The book centers on Enrique who starts out as a young boy living in extreme poverty in Honduras with his family. Enrique is an older adolescent, Hispanic, poverty economic status, unemployed most times, and is in a relationship with one child. This case study will further look at Enrique’s personal experiences from a young child up to young adulthood and how that has shaped his development has a person from coming from such difficult environmental circumstances. This will also look at the different environmental perspectives in the micro, mezzo and macro level when pertaining to effects on human behavior.