“Solving Illegal Immigration [For Real]:” ENRIQUE’S JOURNEY Author Sonia Nazario’s Ideas for Fixing a Broken System

By Tim Cheng | April 10 2017 | College & University ReadsAll-School ReadsCommunity Reads

In a new Ted Talk entitled “Solving Illegal Immigration [For Real],” decorated journalist and author Sonia Nazario suggests an alternative method to naturalization or heavy border policing to stem the flow of undocumented individuals into the United States.

Nazario boasts a long and impressive writing career, during which she has shown immense dedication to featuring Latino communities and the unique struggles they face. Perhaps most remarkable is Nazario’s series on a Honduran boy named Enrique and his odyssey through Central America to reunite with his mother in the United States. Through years of research, and by making the perilous 1,600 mile trek herself, Nazario exposed the dangers thousands of children face as they try to escape their violent home countries. The Pulitzer Prize-winning series in the Los Angeles Times was later adapted into the book, Enrique’s Journey, a New York Times Bestseller and a top choice for Common Reading programs.

While the debate over immigration reform continues, Nazario believes there is one method that could truly work to fix the system. Watch her full talk for more information.


Nazario also recently gave an interview to the University of California-Berkeley’s alumni magazine, where she revealed the roots of her love for activism and journalism. She recalled how she came out as a passionate activist, no longer content to simply report the facts, but to become involved and advocate for those harmed by social injustice. Read the article here:



Enrique's Journey
The Story of a Boy's Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother
In this astonishing true story, award-winning journalist Sonia Nazario recounts the unforgettable odyssey of a Honduran boy who braves unimaginable hardship and peril to reach his mother in the United States.

Enrique's Journey (The Young Adult Adaptation)
The True Story of a Boy Determined to Reunite with His Mother
Based on and rewritten from the Random House adult work Enrique's Journey by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Sonia Nazario.
Age 12 and up
Grade 7 & Up