Thursday, January 19, 2012

American Students Living In Mexico Cross Border For Education

In a front-page article, the New York Times (1/17, A1, Brown, Subscription Publication) reports that in the immigration debate, "frustration is focusing locally on border-crossers who are not illegal immigrants but young American citizens, whose families have returned to Mexico yet want their children to attend American schools." These "transfronterizos" cross the border each day to attend school, "straining the resources of public school districts and sparking debate among educators and sociologists over whether it is in American interests that they be taught in the United States." Most don't pay the out-of-district student tuition, and those that do often "do not pay the property taxes that support public services."

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