The tight migrant policies and the restriction of people across the U.S.-Mexico border is creating a deep impact on the children in both the sides and demolishing their education dreams. In a recent report, the children who are deported to Mexico from the U.S. along with their parents are struggling to continue their education in the recipient country due to some factors.
It is found that language barrier is posing as the biggest challenge for the children as many of those students are not able to communicate in Spanish, the prominent language in Mexico. Also, the students found to be isolated from the rest and forced to discontinue the studies, sometimes later.
Additionally, the American-citizen children are also facing challenges in Mexico due to its educational system is not modified to reflect the needs of children who do not Spanish speakers. The situation is different for the children who are stranded in the U.S., whose parents deported to Mexico.
They feel isolated in the U.S. and shows behavioral problems and early-onset mental illness. This group also has very higher chances of early dropout that can affect their future and career altogether. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/
The worries about the future exodus and tighter migrant policies may escalate the numbers significantly in future. While coming to Mexico, a recent research showed that only less than 5% Mexican teachers have enough knowledge in English to assess the competency level of an American-citizen child.
The education of the children on both the sides is one of the many issues experienced by the migrants. It should be noted that some of the problems are severe and life-threatening to the migrants. Read more: Michael Lacey | Twitter and Jim Larkin | Angel.co
The active intervening of various nonprofit groups has helped to reduce the struggles of migrants in the recent years. Some of the prominent groups include Migrants Rights International, Amnesty International, Migrant-Rights.org, and more.
Though many of these organizations have a global footprint, it is found that regional organizations play a more effective role in particular areas. One such initiative is Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund, a fund set up by two individual journalists named Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey.
Interestingly, they utilized the compensation amount they received for challenging their arrest by the Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County. The arrest took place on Oct. 18, 2007, and both of them were arrested from their home for publicizing a grand jury process of compelling the reporters to submit the notes that are mentioning the Sherriff.
Additionally, the jury even asked the journalists to reveal the identity of the online readers of such news articles. Considering their long years of fights for First Amendment rights, the journalists moved to the Federal Court of Appeals.
The Court set both of them free and judged a settlement amount of $3.75 million. Since their long years of active participation and protests for migrant rights, they decided to found Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund using the settlement amount. The fund is being utilized for supporting various groups working on civil, human, and migrant rights in Arizona.