Sonia Nazario’s TEDx Talk:

Solving Illegal Immigration [For Real]

Pulitzer Prize winning writer Sonia Nazario takes you on a personal, powerful, emotional journey to show why three solutions pushed for decades by U.S. politicians–both on the left and the right—to stem illegal immigration have failed. The author of Enrique’s Journey, possibly the most read book about immigrants to the U.S., asks: What if we did something radically new, something that works?

Based on the Los Angeles Times newspaper series that won two Pulitzer Prizes, this astonishing story puts a human face on the ongoing debate about immigration reform in the United States. Now a beloved classic, this page-turner about the power of family is a popular text in classrooms and a touchstone for communities across the country to engage in meaningful discussions about this essential American subject. It was one of the most frequently selected books for freshman common reads in 2015-16 academic year, according to Inside Higher Education.

Enrique’s Journey recounts the unforgettable quest of a Honduran boy looking for his mother, eleven years after she is forced to leave her starving family to find work in the United States. Braving unimaginable peril, often clinging to the sides and tops of freight trains, Enrique travels through hostile worlds full of thugs, bandits, and corrupt cops. But he pushes forward, relying on his wit, courage, hope, and the kindness of strangers. As Isabel Allende writes: “This is a twenty-first-century Odyssey. If you are going to read only one nonfiction book this year, it has to be this one.” Now updated with a new Epilogue and Afterword, photos of Enrique and his family, an author interview and more, this is a classic of contemporary America.

  • National Bestseller
  • Named one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Miami Herald, and San Antonio Express-News.
  • Named the Best Non-Fiction Book of 2014 by The Latino Author.
  • Among the most chosen books as a freshman or common read: 92 Universities, 16 cities and scores of high schools nationwide have adopted Enrique’s Journey as a their freshman or common read. Middle schools are now adopting a version adapted for young readers as their common read.
  • Published in August 2013: A new version of Enrique’s Journey  ADAPTED FOR YOUNG READERS in the 7th grade on up and for reluctant readers in high school and geared to the new common core standards in schools. The Young Adult version was published Spanish in July 2015. New York City has made the YA edition part of its classroom curriculum.
  • Published in February 2014: A REVISED AND UPDATED Enrique’s Journey, with a new epilogue and photos.
  • Published in eight languages.

“Magnificent…Enrique’s Journey is about love. It’s about family. It’s about home.” —The Washington Post Book World

“[A] searing report from the immigration frontlines … as harrowing as it is heartbreaking.” —People [four stars]

“Stunning…As an adventure narrative alone, Enrique’s Journey is a worthy read…Nazario’s impressive piece of reporting [turns] the current immigration controversy from a political story into a personal one.” —Entertainment Weekly

“Gripping and harrowing…a story begging to be told.” —The Christian Science Monitor

[A] prodigious feat of reporting … [Sonia Nazario is] amazingly thorough and intrepid.” —Newsday

On July 25, 2017 Sonia Nazario appeared on Democracy Now! to discuss the predictable deaths resulting from the border crackdown, and policies that would be much more effective and humane.




Click here to read Sonia’s two-part blog for the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) about how storytelling can change entrenched views, even on the most polarizing issues.

Sonia Nazario’s latest opinion piece was featured in the LA Times on April 23, 2017. Sonia walks readers through the investments the U.S. can and should make not only to reduce unlawful migration, but get at the heart of why most people are now coming to the U.S. illegally. Drawing from her time researching what is pushing people out of central america, as well as U.S. funded violence prevention programs that are beginning to counteract that violence in places like San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Sonia shares her convictions as to how to best help, not only the citizens of this region, but U.S. taxpayers who need immigration policies that actually work to reduce the flow of migrants.

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