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It is worth a mention of something that is not in the rumored deal, and he protection for dreamers people as you remember brought in the United States by their parents when they were kids without documentation, but who have become culturally and economically American. There is a flip side to that to kids born in the United States who are the citizens born to undocumented parents, and those parents have to go back home voluntarily or not we're talking Mexico here in particular. Brooke Jarvis is a contributing writer for the California Sunday magazine, she went to Mexico and talked to some of those kids. Hi, brooke. Hi, thanks for having me. Do me a favor, would you? And let's start with Ashley Mantilla one of the one of the students. You talk to your tell me about her. So Ashley is a girl who was born and grew up in South Carolina near Greenville. And when she was about. About nine years old. The state of South Carolina past what was then called a show me your papers law what what was referred to that way. That basically turned, you know, routine traffic stops into immigration checkpoints and Ashley's. Parents saw the writing on the wall. They also had been interested in returning to Mexico where they were from. But it had never felt like a real possibility to Ashley or her siblings. But actually in particular had refused to learn Spanish when her mother tried to teach her because she said, you know, I'm American why am I gonna need that? So she lands in Mexico. They go out bus rides away from Mexico City. You say to where the parents were from and she's plunked down in the Mexican school system. Not speaking Spanish, which was really hard transition for anybody actually in particular found it hard because she was so used to being so successful in school, and that was a big part of her identity. And then all of a sudden the teacher sees her as stupid and has not trying hard enough. And that's something that. From educational researchers. I spoke to is fairly common. Teachers may not know that they don't speak Spanish because they have conversational Spanish. But they don't read it. They don't write it. They're not ready to learn in it. And so it's very common that researchers will go to schools and say, do you have any American students here and schools often will say, actually, we don't we don't have any students like that. And then when they look harder they may realize they have dozens of students like that. And in fact, there are as you saying this piece best guesses are there are six hundred thousand American born which is to say American citizen children in the Mexican school system. And that's an estimate. I mean, there are children who are missed because they don't end up re-enrolled in school because of the paperwork and documentation difficulties. But that number represents something like three percent of the students in Mexican public schools. So play this out for me as you do in your piece. These people are American citizens. Wins. They have the right whenever they choose to come back here and work. So they could go through the Mexican school system and come and move to the Moines, but they would do show without any of the cultural grounding that they would otherwise have right? I mean, they will miss that have missed out on the kind of education. They would have gotten in America. Something that can happen with these kids even though they have that. Right. They may not know it, and they may not believe it and the the idea of coming back and of paying for college or finding a job can feel incredibly daunting. And in some cases, you know, I met some children who. You know, they were worried that they might do something to lose their citizenship or that they would get in trouble. If they did try to reenter the United States. Even though they're American citizens. There's another kid in this piece. And I'm sorry I chuckle, but it's a great Alantic. Leo was came was was brought back to Mexico by his parents when he was like six he's fifteen now. And he thinks he's an American because he eats beat. But his mom's like, no man, you've got an American passport. Is a great kid very vocal and thoughtful about what the cultural differences are that that makes them un-american or or Mexican does. He think he's going to go back to the states comeback as I guess, his mom really thinks that he'll come back to the states, which is something that you know, when she talks about it. She cries, it makes her sad to imagine. But she also is sad to imagine that he would have his opportunities cut off by not coming back. You know, an example about Leo he he loves math. He wants to have a career in robotics. But at the school where he goes he's been put in the agricultural program where you learned to be a small-scale farmer of things like avocados and peaches that grow in this region. This is a this is a very cold way to think about this. But this is a workforce that could be useful to American companies. Yes. And if you think about the, you know, the fact that the US has already invested in their education before they left, but then in a way doesn't follow up on that investment. And then another economic way to look at it is fair society to function you need an educated workforce. And also people who haven't experienced a lot of trauma and dislocation that you know, that all will have an effect on what kids are able to do when they grow. So we started with Ashley let's finish with Ashley Ashley. She's fifteen ish or something. Now what you can do when it's time for colleges you're gonna come back here. She can stay there. And what you're gonna do, you know, she still doesn't know. Something that I sort of noticed is that they love the idea of coming back until it gets closer. And then it feels much much scarier and more daunting. You know, in some cases, they have other family members here that they could live with their that could support them. And in other cases, they don't kind of a fascinating piece in the California Sunday magazine by Jarvis. It's."