"In Mexico, I was a second-class citizen. I stood on the other side of the river, remember? And I would have stayed that way my entire life. At least here, I have a chance, however small, to become more than I was." (13.48)
Despite all of the racial prejudice that Miguel encounters in the United States, he still believes he has more of a chance to change his life here than he did in Mexico. What keeps him going?