Finally the train reaches the border between Mexico an the US. It stops in the city of Mexicali, where the passengers must disembark in order to pass through immigration. The wealthy people in the nice cars get to go to the shortest lines and pass through quickly, everyone else has to wait in long, smelly, sweaty lines.
The immigration official in intimidating and ask lots of scary question. But mama stands up tall and looks him right in the eyes. She insists that everything in order. The man stamps their papers with the words " Mexican National ", and let them pass
On Thursday, they finally arrive in Los Angeles and meet Alfonso's family: Alfonnso's brother Juan and his wife Josefina, and their children Isabel and the twins. Isabel who is eight seems to know Esperanza already. Guess Miguel has been writing about her in his letters. We hope he only said nice thing.
Esperanza arrive San Joaquín Valley it was a beautiful valley, she remembered that, she and papa heard the heartbeat of the valley, she did, but she couldn't hear it, she was so sad, and started to cry.
She met Martha, Martha was so disrespectful with Esperanza, because she said that Esperanza's papa was the guilty of Martha's da died, Esperanza was so confused, she was saying that his dad died in Mexico War, because he was one of the defense of the landowner.
They finally turned east off the highway. The true went slower mom and Esperanza could see workers in the fields. People waved and Juan honked the truck horn in return. They could pick some cantaloupes because it were leftovers of people who didn't want it.