Teaching Migrant Children
Stories by Kavitha Cardoza, Illustrations by Matt Huynh
Tens of thousands of children have fled chaos in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, surviving dangerous journeys and confinement in shelters in a quest to get to the U.S.-Mexico border. Now, many are living in communities and attending schools across the United States and face new risks and ominous questions about their futures.
When Eric and Alberto left Honduras with their mother in 2017, they were hopeful for gaining asylum. But their mom was deported and now the boys attend school in a high-crime neighborhood that is making them question if their lives can be better here.
Natalia’s American high school has become a refuge from the rocky home life the 17-year-old is experiencing after reuniting with a mother who left her in El Salvador when she was a baby.
Fernando, 12, is grateful he made it to the United States to reunite with his mother after years apart. But his new life in Maryland is difficult and he misses many things about home, including being a top student in school.
To pay for rent, food, lawyer’s fees, and still send money home to El Salvador every week, Paty, 18, waits tables in a restaurant while attending high school in Virginia.
Thousands of migrant children were moved from shelters to relatives’ homes in the United States last year. Many now attend public schools in the United States as their cases wind their way through the backlogged immigration system. Their future is uncertain.
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