The Question and Answer section for Enrique’s Journey is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
From the text:
Virtually unnoticed, he will become one of an estimated 48,000 children who enter the United States from Central America and Mexico each year, illegally and without either of their parents.
What chapter are you referring to?
They refer to the city of Chiapas,
Behind him is Guatemala. Ahead is Mexico, with its southernmost state of Chiapas. "Ahora nos enfrentamos a la bestia," immigrants say when they enter Chiapas. "Now we face the beast."