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The Dangerous Trek: Problems Migrants Face During Their Journeys

Much of what readers learn from Sonia’s novel is about the dangers that Hispanic migrants risk while they attempt to make their way to the United States in hopes for a better life for themselves, for their children, and for their families. As migrants make their trek, they hope to avoid being robbed, brutal injuries from riding on freight trains, rapings, beatings, and kidnappings, which are just some of the problems that many migrants face.

In a Fox News Latino article about a kidnapping of at least 80 migrants in Veracruz, we see that these problems persist though “the government says it is ‘lowering crime rates and doing a lot to combat kidnappings…” These migrants, including women and children, were abducted off a freight train by gunmen with three large SUVs and taken to an unknown location. This is just one case of many kidnappings, and “at least 11,333 migrants…were kidnapped in Mexico between April and September 2010…” This pressing issue leaves government officials with a lot of work to do as far as how to control these criminal gangs who are performing such violent actions. Read more about this article here.

This article, along with Enrique’s Journey, vividly portray the unimaginable experiences migrants face as they journey through Central America and Mexico. And to think, some migrants fail to make it to the United States time and time again, but continue to attempt such a risky quest. Sometimes you wonder, is it all really worth it? This seems to be a question throughout Sonia’s novel, whether or not it is worth risking your life and in many cases leaving your loved ones behind.

Feel free to leave your thoughts and comments on these issues.

Jessica Waala
Undergraduate Student

9 thoughts on “The Dangerous Trek: Problems Migrants Face During Their Journeys

  1. Hi Jessica,
    I've lived in Latin America a long time now, and one reason many people still migrate is because they have the idea that the US & Canada are a paradise. They make very little money per month and when they hear of large salaries in the North, they have the impression that they'll get rich if they go. What they don't understand is that the cost of living is much higher in the North, and that in order to make the large incomes they've heard of, they have to study and offer a skill that is in demand. Its the same in their home country, but many are uneducated and don't understand the value of an education.

  2. I agree with the comment above. While I agree that immigrants should go through the legal process of citizenship, I also understand how hard it is to live day to day in utter poverty and just wanting a chance to work so you can feed yourself and your family. It will always be a Catch-22.

  3. Great article. I think the movie Bable did a great job of showing the dangers that migrants face when trekking across the border.

  4. Good article!! and it's great inspiration for migration who want to move abroad but it's make our responsibility if to move other destination and leave own country, first we should search atmosphere and living style there.

  5. It is great article! my friend's brother is dead when he had tried to boat to USA to have new life! We only want to have a chance to earn and live well!

  6. I agree that immigrants should go through the legal process of citizenship, I also understand how hard it is to live day to day in utter poverty. It is difficult to go abroad and starting living there.Great article.