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Central America: Crossroads of the Americas

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Many migratory streams from Central America — including refugees, economic migrants, and transit flows headed north from South America and elsewhere — have converged in North America since the 1980s. Sarah J.
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This is a website about all the different emmigrants from all the different parts of Central America.On this website you are given the option to donate money to support the Migration Information Source. You can help the Source continue its work with a contribution to maintain and expand the journal’s offerings and reach. The options to donate inclue by phone, by mail, or online. This is a great place for people to reach out and help another in need.

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The Devil's Highway

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The author of "Across the Wire" offers brilliant investigative reporting of what went wrong when, in May 2001, a group of 26 men attempte...
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The Devils Highway looks like a really interesting book. Although it is not about children crossing the border it still seems to be sad. The summary of the book tells that not all the men that left on the journey made it out alive. This book seems like a book that will keep you interested cover to cover. I can not wait to read it!

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A Border Fence Will Not Deter Illegal Immigratio Immigration, 2009

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The article "A Border Fence Will Not Deter Illegal Immigrants" is an article about how immigrants fail many times before they succeed to get across the border. The article focuses on how building a "border fence" will not help with the problem of illegal immigration. Melanie Mason is a journalist for "The New Republic" who argues against building a border. She says that this fence will not stop the immigration because most of the time the illegal immigrants use legal ports to get across the border anyways. She says that by putting up this fence it would be a big waste of money and it would also damage the environment. The part that stands out most is the fact that immigrants never stop trying they try they fail and then they try again until they succeed. "Migrants intent on crossing the border will repeatedly try to do so—often successfully—no matter the obstacles in their way" (Mason). This quote said by Melanie Mason shows that no matter what is put in their way they will battle until they get across. The article also shows how families travel to America with the intent of one day soon returning to Mexico. This article talks about how this is becoming harder and harder to do because the border is so secure. In an immigrants mind, failing is not acceptable this article shows that the government should not waste their time and money to build a fence because the immigrants will find a way to get to America.

Immigration is becoming a major deal for the US and the Mexican immigrants. Most of the time Mothers and Fathers will leave their children back in Mexico with the intent of returning to their kids in a few months. They will go to America in hopes of earning some money to bring back with them to support their families. Now that the border is so tough to get across most of the families are finding themselves stuck in the US which then causes the kids to eventually have to get themselves across the border to be with their parents. The book Enrique's Journey has the same story line. Enrique's mother travels to America to make money to bring back home. after she finds out that she wont be returning she starts sending money home to Enrique and his sister. Enrique is not okay with this situation so he ends up deciding to go to America to be with his mom. Enrique attempts many times and struggles but never gives up. The article "A Border Fence Will Not Deter Illegal Immigrants" is an article that relates well to the book Enrique's Journey. In both the article and the book it shows how immigrants fight their way across the border and no matter what the obstacles are they will overcome them and get across. In the book Enrique's Journey, Enrique tries several times to get across the border before he actually gets across. " Like many others, Enrique has made several attempts" (Nazario 50). This quote relates to the article because in the article it also states how many immigrants will try over and over again until they succeed. Each immigrant faces their own battles along the way weather it be robbery, mugging, or even being deported and having to start from the beginning again. But through these challenges these immigrants will never give up, they get back up when they are knocked down and will do whatever it is they have to do to get across.Putting up a border fence would be a waste of time and money for the fact that the immigrants will find a way to get through that too.

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Kids cross border alone, fleeing drugs and gangs

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By Mark Potter, NBC News correspondent
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The article "Kids Cross Border Alone, Fleeing Drugs and Gangs" is an article written about how kids struggle to get to America from their home country. This article states how most of the times kids are forced to go to America and are given no choice. Most of the time these kids parents are already in America and they are to afraid to risk going back so they hire smugglers to get their kids to them. Some parents will pay thousands of dollars per child just to get them across the border. This article has a story about how when these kids got across and got caught that they are not being treated properly. These kids were kept in homes without running water or food this was very hard for them. When they were rescued they were taken to a local hospital, most of them were struggling from dehydration. Wendy Young a reporter in this article writes that these children usually aren't the ones making the decision to come to America. She says that they should be treated as children before they are treated as immigrants. Its not fair to torture these young human beings when all they are trying to do is get to safety. These kids face enough trouble on their way to America. Although it is not legally right for them to be coming to America they still should not be treated the way they are. The article states how kids are coming with dirty faces and tattered clothing showing that they have been sleeping in dirt, and riding on tops of trains. The least they could do for them is just give them some water and food and send them back to their homes. Some kids are more fortunate and make it across alive and healthy. A girl Lorena Rodriguez traveled to America and made it there alive and is now living with family in Boston. Lorena was smuggled across in an inner tube and brought to her sisters in shelters in Texas. Luckily Lorena and her family didn't face the other consequences some young kids face. You never know what is going to happen when you make this long journey, but this article is just showing that these kids should be given a break they should be treated as children first and immigrants second.

The book Enrique's Journey and this article "Kids Cross the Border Alone, Fleeing Drugs and Gangs" are two similar stories. In Enrique's Journey he was smuggled across the border just as many kids in this article were. The struggles both of them faced were pretty similar. In the article kids were all tattered up from sleeping in dirt and riding on tops of trains. They were also pretty beat up from having to get through gangs trying to stop them. In Enrique's journey he too face all these terrible things. He would ride the tops of trains, he would get beaten up from gangs and he would also have to sleep in bushes and on the streets. In the article there was a girl Lorena who was smuggled across the border in an inner tube. This is a pretty common way to get across but it is very dangerous and many people don't make it through. On Enrique's last attempt he too was put on an inner tube to get across. Scared for his life, Enrique makes it across on his tube."The inner tube lurches, sloshes, and bounces along. Enrique grips the valve stem" (Nazario 180). This quote shows how Enrique was scared and how he held on tight to his tube on the bumpy waters to get across. Both the kids in this article and Enrique faced similar obstacles on their way to finding home.

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Watch Which Way Home online!

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Eachyear, thousands of Latin American migrants travel hundreds of miles to theUnited States, many of which making their way on the tops of freight trains’. Most of the migrants traveling are children and they are traveling alone. “Which Way Home” is a documentary following these unaccompanied child migrants. There are many children in this documentary,each having a different story. Some of the children they follow are Olga and Freddy. Olga and Freddy are both only 9 year old kids coming from Honduras. These two children are on this journey trying to find their parents in the United States. Another kid that is in this documentary is Jose. Jose is 10 years old from El Salvador he was left by his smugglers and ended up alone in a Mexican detention center. One last kid in this movie is Kevin a fourteen year old from Honduras whose mother sent him in hopes that he’d reach the United States and would be able to send money back to her. These children travel through struggles in hopes of getting across the border alive. These kids aren’t looking to be greedy or to hurt anyone they are on this journey in hopes of starting a better life.

 

Just like all the kids in this movie, Enrique went on this journe alone without either of his parents. Being alone in Honduras without his mother Enrique began to rebel. He was not happy just as many of the kids in this movie were.“His mother never returns, and that decides Enrique’s fate. As a teenager-indeed still a child – he will set out for the United States on his own search for her. Virtually unnoticed, he will become one of an estimated 48,000 children who enter the United States from Central America and Mexico each year, illegally without either of their parents”(Nazario 5). This paragraph in the book really shows how many kids travel to their parents like this each year. Leaving kids is not an easy thing for parents to do but it also not easy on the kids. This is why so many kids decide to travel to the US to find their parents. Enrique and the kids in this movie didn't really want to have to make this journey but they didn't have a choice. The conditions they were living in were not good and they wanted to be with their parents. The book Enrique's Journey and the movie Which Way Home are two similar stories about kids traveling across the borders.

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Map of Honduras

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Here is a map of Honduras. Honduras is the home of Enrique and his family. This is where his long journey to America began. Enrique left everything behind, his family, friends, and even his kid. The route he faced was very tough and it took him several times to succeed, but all in all in the end Enrique made it to his mom alive.

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Child Migrants, Alone in Court The New York Times, April 11, 2013

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The article "Child Migrants, Alone in Court" is a story about a 13 year old girl who was separated from her family. Sonia Nazario the author of this article and the book Enrique's Journey follows around child immigrants that have been separated from their mothers and are now on the journey to find them. One of the girls that Sonia Nazario talks about is Belkis. Belkis is a young girl who was separated from her mother at a really young age. Belkis and her family were in a town in Honduras led by a gang. The gang killed her grandparents and uncle and then they insisted that Belkis's brothers join the gang as lookouts. Out of panic Belkis's mother took her two sons and fled to America leaving Blekis behind with other family members. The gang that wanted Belkis's brothers started to threaten Belkis so she decided to leave Mexico and travel to her mother. This article is a little different than the book in the sense that in this article Blekis gets caught and has to face the judicial system but in the book Enrique does not face the judicial system or at least it is not shown.

This article is very similar to the book Enrique's journey for the fact that both have young children in search of their mothers. In the book Enrique's Journey, Enrique a young boy gets separated from his mother for quite some time just like Belkis. Both kids with similar stories decide to embark on a journey to reunite with their mothers. Both Belkis and Enrique had hopes that one day their mothers would come back little did they know she would be in America forever. The quote in the book that stood out to me to represent both the book and the article was, "His mother never returns, and that decides Enrique's fate" (Nazario 5). This quote shows that once Enrique realized his mother was never returning he decided he would have to go to her. In a similar way Belkis missed her mother and was scared of the threats she was facing each day. As a result Belkis too went out on her journey to find her mother. The book and the article are very similar because both kids lost their mothers and both kids experienced the journey of finding them.

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Amy's Stor Immigration and Multiculturalism: Essential Primary Sources, 2006

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Immigrants in America come from all over the world. In this article there is a story called "Amy's Story" and in this story the girl Amy describes her families challenges as immigrants from Taiwan. In Taiwan Amy's family was in a town where Amy's father was apart of the Tangwai and they eventually silenced Amy's father. This led to them destroying their home so Amy's family was always bouncing around for safety. Amy's dad was apart of the US Air Force before the Tangwai and he found that America was a country that had so much more to offer than Taiwan so he decided to leave Taiwan when Amy was three years old. This family faced many struggles in America, they didnt speak English, they had no money and they had a family of three kids to feed. The parents immediately began working in little nothing jobs compared to what they did in Taiwan. Amy's dad was a civil engineer in Taiwan and in America he became a cook in a restaurant and her mother ended up washing dishes. Both parents were desperate for anything they could do to provide for their three kids. The article then proceeds to talk about all the different struggles this family faced. Since they were not legal citizens of America they could not do many things that Americans can. When the three girls grew up and were ready for college they could not file for FASFA because they could not indicate that they were legal US citizens. This was hard on the family because the father new that an education was necessary for people to do something with their lives in America. So Amy's mom and dad struggled and paid out of state tuition for all three kids to get through college. They did it successfully but they worked super hard to do it. Many people from around the world come to America to make a better life for their family, weather it be financially, environmentally, or even just physically a better place they venture to America to get the things they would not get in their home country. This article gives a story of a family who came to America to be safer, and all the struggles they faced with this change.

Enrique's Journey is a story very similar to this of "Amy's Story". Both families faced struggles in their home country. Enrique's family struggled with money in Honduras, and Amy's family struggled with violence in Taiwan. Both families had to make a change and the change for each was going to America. The change took place differently for each, Enrique first lost his mother and had to make his way to her by himself whereas Amy's entire family left Taiwan all at the same time. Enrique's mother left Honduras to go to America because she was tired of putting her kids through the pain of always being hungry and not having money to get food. "They would always ask me for food, and I didn't have it" Said Enrique's mother (Nazario X). When she heard this everyday and couldn't do anything to change it she decided she would go to America to get money to send back to her family. This is very similar to Amy's family because Amy's dad was worried about his families safety so he decided to move his family to America to be much safer. Although Enrique and Amy have different stories they both faced problems in similar ways. Enrique's challenges were faced when he was trying to get a cross the border. He was mugged robbed and basically attacked during is 8 attempts of crossing the border. Amy had her struggles later in life but still in a similar way. Her family was never really able to become full citizens of the US so she had trouble when she went to go to college and could not apply for her financial aid because she was not a citizen. This was very hard on Amy and her family just as crossing the border was hard on Enrique. Enrique's Journey and "Amy's story" share a lot of similarities in different ways.

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Immigrant Mothers--Living With a Heart Divided - New America Media

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New America Media is a nationwide association of over 3000 ethnic media organizations representing the development of a more inclusive journalism.
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Immigrant mothers face the struggles of supporting their families everyday. Most moms have to leave their families and go to America in order to support their kids. In this article "Immigrant Mothers--Leaving with a heart divided" mothers have to leave their kids thinking one day they can come back to them when in reality they most likely will not be able to return. This article shows how the jobs these mothers get in America consist of being a nanny for other children. This is super hard on these moms because while they are hanging around with other peoples kids all they think about is their own children. This article is a story about three mothers and the ways they coped with being away from their kids. One mother in here promised her kids that she would one day return but lives with the guilt everyday that she will never return to them. Another mother has her story of how she sends money home to her kids for them to get material things because she feels bad she can not be there with them. The third mother in this article tells the story of how she was separated from her kids for fourteen years and was finally reunited with them. This article tells the stories of three mothers with three stories similar in the fact that they are away from their kids but different because each one has a different outcome.

 

Enrique's Journey and this article "Immigrant Mothers--Leaving with a heart divided" are very similar. Enrique's mother struggled very much to support her family just like these mothers. Just like the moms in this article Enrique's mom traveled to America in hopes of returning. Like the one mom in this article she realizes she will never be able to return again. These mothers wanted nothing more then their kids to be happy. The moms in this article and Enrique's mom left so they could provide a better life for their children. "She left for the United States out of love. She hoped she could provide her children an escape from their grinding poverty, a chance to attend a school beyond the sixth grade. Carmen brags about the clothes, money, and photos she sends her children" (Nazario x). This passage in this story shows how hard it was for her to leave but how proud she is to be able to send the money she sends to them. Just like the second mother in this book, they might not be there in person but they definitely have not forgotten about them. This book Enrique's Journey and the article "Immigrant Mothers--Leaving with a heart divided" are very similar for the fact that the mothers are all doing the same things to give their children the best lives they can.

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Enrique's Journey

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In this astonishing true story, award-winning journalist Sonia Nazario recounts the unforgettable odyssey of a Honduran boy who braves un...
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Enrique's Journey is a book about a young boy and his struggles to find his mother. Enrique's mom left him and his sister to go to America in hopes of being able to support her family. Lourdes (Enrique's mother) went to America and started working 3 low paying jobs until she got pregnant and had to quit working at a factory. After quitting her job at the factory and having the baby Lourdes became a Fichera which is a sort of like a prostitute. In the mean time Enrique and his sister are back in Honduras jumping around from house to house. Enrique is having a tough time with all this and gets kicked out of every house he gets put into. Enrique gets really into drugs and stealing things this is his way of rebelling for not having his mother. Not only does he get into all sorts of trouble for drugs and theft but he also gets his girlfriend pregnant. As a result of all his family turning against him, Enrique feels the only person that would understand him would be his mother. So Enrique decides to go on a journey to find his mother. He attempts several times and finally on the eighth attempt he succeeds. This book is a story of how Enrique got to his mother, through all the dangers of his journey.

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