Migration reality is complex and difficult to understand if you are not dealing with it. Mexican and American kids living in the border have a double life between family and school.
Columbus is a village in New Mexico where lives around 1,800 people that are along the United States – Mexico border, according to Circa.
On the Mexican side, there’s Palomas, a town of Mexico.
The issue is that many people have relatives on both sides of the border and there’s something unique in this region.
Hundreds of children cross the border daily to attend school in the United States.
All of them are American citizens from Mexican or mixed parents.
According to C. S. Monitor, 850 students cross the border every day to go to different schools in Luna County and Columbus.
This is an arrangement that has been in place for generations, long enough to become natural, as explains, in a region where economic and ancestral ties knit across the line that divides the two countries.
Columbus Mayor Phillip Skinner once said that around 400 of these kids are elementary school students.
Jayden, a 9-year-old is one of the students.
Her mother, Patty Muela, takes her every day to the border.
She crosses the bridge and gets on the bus in five days a week routine.
For more than 40 years, the United States of America authorities have allowed Mexican residents living in Palomas to cross in case they need emergency medical care, as Circa explained.
Every morning a fleet of buses gets to transport the kids to school.
Most of them attend Columbus Elementary.
One of the toughest adjustment is the language barrier.
When a child attends school in the United States from the beginning, the assimilation is easier.
But if it’s an older student, he or she goes through a more customized curriculum to help them keep pace.
However, some people have trouble with this kind of life.
They are against these kids go to the village schools because they pay the taxes and practically are paying for their school.
Plus, they explain that, if they get hospitalization, they’ll get it for free and they have to pay for theirs.
Dan Lere, schools superintendent of Deming explains that they’re spending about $6,000 a year per pupil.
This is much less than subsidies receiving for a lot of families.
Mayor Skinner once explains that the number of pregnant women crossing the border to the United States to give birth has dwindled the last years.
Parents say that children related to the two countries have more chances to get a better job and have a better and solid future too.