Carl sent me a link to an interesting Seattle Times article “American children struggle to adjust in Mexico”:
Never before has Mexico seen so many American Jeffreys, Jennifers and Aidens in its classrooms. The wave of deportations in the past few years, along with tougher state laws and persistent unemployment, has created a mass exodus of Mexican parents who are leaving with their American sons and daughters.
In all, 1.4 million Mexicans — including about 300,000 children born in the United States — moved to Mexico between 2005 and 2010, according to Mexican census figures.
The article particularly focuses on Jeffrey Isidoro, an English-speaking ten-year-old from Houston who ends up living outside Mexico City when his dad is pulled over in Texas for a missing taillight. I can certainly sympathize with Jeffrey’s confusion upon being dumped into the Mexican public school system. My own memories of being an English-speaking kid in a Mexican public school are defined by chaos and confusion, and I actually spoke Spanish.