by Sonia Nazario, author of Enrique’s Journey
President Obama has vowed that he will soon raise the issue of immigration reform anew, likely igniting heated debates in homes around the country.
Yet in many high schools nationwide, teachers have already sought to help students better understand their newly arrived neighbors through discussions of Enrique’s Journey. Already, scores of high schools from Bay Shore, New York to Santa Monica, California—places that have seen a sudden surge of newcomers from other countries—have used my book about one Central American boy’s quest to reach his mother in the U. S. to take students inside the world of migrants, a world many know little about.
My visits to high schools all over the country have led to incredibly interesting and moving encounters with students, who reveal different responses to my book. (more…)