Deported Kids Feel Alienated in Mexcio

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.


3 Responses to “Deported Kids Feel Alienated in Mexcio”

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  1. Jeffrey O'Brien says:

    Perhaps these kids will lead a generation out of bigotry? Yes it will be hard but think of the understanding the adversity will lead to

  2. -El Codo- says:

    I am hoping the deporteés bring with them a sense of “¡Basta Ya!” about Mexican police and judicial corruption. “In the United States the cops and courts are incorruptible”. Chisme like this hopefully will spread and the public will demand reform. Yeah it’s a dream, but ¿quien sabe?

    Many lowland escuelas do not even have a fan in the classroom. It is hard to teach a class of forty students in a sweltering echo chamber. When I went to pick up Pilár and Dalia, I stood at the back of the room and couldn’t even hear the teacher. But I dripped perspiration freely.

    One of the big, inarguable lynch pins of residents of the USA who favor deportation is the subject of “indocumentation”. Almost no one arrives in the USA bearing a photo ID. Those people shout “We don’t know if these people are fleeing from a Mexican arrest warrant”. Yet getting a Mexican pasaporte is extremely difficult. I just don’t get it.

  3. Churpa says:

    @Codo–Yes, I remember the school I attended as being fanless, as well as a total cement echo chamber, so that although I spoke some semblance of Spanish, I could never hear what the teacher was talking about.
    @Jeffrey–Yes, the article focused entirely on the negative aspects of kids being dumped in Mexico, but I couldn’t help thinking there would be some positive benefits as well. Personally (and no offense to the Tejanos out there), I would rather live in the Big Enchilada than in Houston.