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enrique's journey chapter 3

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Nazario, Sonia. Enrique’s Journey: New York. Random House, 2006. In chapter three of Enrique’s Journey, by Sonia Nazario, Enrique’s eighth attempt to reach the United States is described. Enrique crosses the Rio Suchiate, which is the border between Guatemala and Mexico. Enrique is now on his eighth attempt to reach the United States. Enrique is very experienced and knows what to avoid. In Chiapas, he avoids buses or riding alone. He sleeps in a cemetery and is acquainted by the Mara Salvatrucha gang who use the cemetery as their hideout. The cemetery is raided by police and Enrique is caught and sent to the Tapachula jail. He escapes by using a bicycle as a ladder to jump over the wall. He makes his way through the sewage canal and eventually is aboard a train. Enrique is unsure about where he should sit on the train and settles for the top of a hopper. Enrique’s train averages three derailments a month. The train stops at one of the
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Unformatted text preview: most dangerous immigration checkpoints in Mexico, La Arrocera. Immigration authorities spot him and chase him until he jumps off the train and hides in bushes. He then crawls under a barb wire fence. He reaches Cuil bridge where the railroad spans a forty-foot stream of murky water. Enrique dashes across the bridge and keeps running. He spots a house and is very thirsty. Enrique approaches a house and receives water and food from a lady. Enrique then hears the train and quickly reaches it and climbs up on a hopper. Enrique reaches Ixtepec, a southern crossroads in Oaxaca. He receives twenty pesos from other migrants to go into town and get something to eat. While in town he gets a hair cut to blend in. He sees his reflection in a window which increases his determination to reach the U.S....
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