Thousands of Students Cross the U.S.-Mexico Border Every Day to Go to College
Charlotte West, The Hechinger Report
Every day, thousands of students at colleges and universities in California, New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas cross the U.S.-Mexico border in pursuit of their college dreams. Many stay in Mexico because it’s cheaper to live there, while others moved near the border to continue their educations in the United States after their parents were deported. Some started crossing in elementary school.
Some institutions with large transborder populations have made efforts to reach out to border commuters. The University of Texas at El Paso, for instance, worked with the local transportation authority to ensure there are buses from the ports of entry to the university. At Arizona Western College in Yuma, the administration encourages faculty members to ask students questions and avoid making assumptions when they are late or miss class.