Chapter 11 Summary
This is José de Jesús Rodriquez’s first trip to America and he is furious at how the journey has gone. Thirty-year-old Énreque Landeros Garcia is from San Pedro and is walking to provide more for his wife and son; they did not want him to go. He did not have money for the trip, so Don Moi and Chespiro arranged a loan for him, payable once he has employment.
Reyno Bartolo Hernandez, also from San Pedro, is a thirty-seven-year-old coffee farmer who has been married for nineteen years. Don Moi’s organization loaned him eighteen hundred dollars.
Lorenzo Ortiz Hernando has a wife and five children, and they are hoping to have even more. Unfortunately, Hernandez cannot afford everything his family needs because coffee prices are so low; now he is forced to try something else. He borrowed seventeen hundred dollars at fifteen percent interest.
Reymundo Barreda Maruri is fifty-six, the oldest walker in the group, and he is determined to survive because he must keep his son, Reymundo Jr., moving. Nahum Landa Ortiz is related to Maruri and refuses to succumb; he intends to survive. José Antonio Bautista is Ortiz’s nephew and is furious at Mendez for leading the group so poorly.
Edgar Adrian Martinez is only sixteen and left his girlfriend, promising to work for five years and then come back to marry her. He walks with his uncle, José Isidoro Colorado, and his grandfather, Victor Flores Badillo. The hard-working Martinez was earning only four dollars a day in Mexico, and he wants to build his future wife a home.
Twenty-five-year-old Mario Castillo is a coffee and citrus plantation worker. He once worked in Illinois for eight months before being deported. He dreams of building a house for his wife and two children, waiting for him in Veracruz; eventually he wants to own his own bodega and make a good living, but he borrowed nineteen hundred dollars for this trip.
Claudio Marin, Heriberto Tapia, and Javier Santillan walk with Lauro. Santillan is already babbling, his mind beginning to shut down.
Rafael Temish González is a quiet twenty-eight-year-old corn farmer from Apixtla. He lives on a dirt road in a thatched-roof home. He supports his wife and young daughter as well as his mother, his two sisters, and their four daughters. He is going to join some relatives in North Carolina.
Julian Ambrose Malega is twenty-four and a former soldier; he is here with Temich, his brother-in-law. He is newly married and his wife is expecting their first child; he walks because he wants to earn enough money to build cement walls for his mother’s house.
Three brothers from Hidalgo—Isidro, Marion, and Efraín González—have already been deported once, and now it is their pride and anger that keep them walking.
Javier García is a small joker of a man who just happened to see the group in Sonoita and decided to join them.