Enrique's Journey - Chapter 6 Summary & Analysis

Sonia Nazario
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Enrique is crossing to the United States. El Tirindaro is going to push him and two other migrants -- Mexicans -- on an inner tube across the Rio Grande from Nuevo Laredo into Texas where they will meet up with El Tirindaro's partners. The partners have an SUV in which they will transport the migrants. Enrique never learned to swim, so the crossing is particularly scary for him. Many migrants have drowned crossing the river.

As the migrants wait on an island halfway across, a border patrol vehicle passes on the Texas side, but doesn't see them. When it's clear, El Tirindaro takes them the rest of the way across. If caught, Enrique faces deportation back to Honduras or time in jail awaiting deportation. Many migrant minors end up there. Some attempt suicide because the conditions are so bad.

Once on the American side...

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