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Nearly half a million U.S. citizens are enrolled in Mexican schools. Many of them are struggling

Nearly half a million U.S. citizens are enrolled in Mexican schools. Many of them are struggling

Two decades ago, a team of U.S. and Mexican researchers descended on Dalton, Ga., to study the growing number of Mexican immigrants who had come to work in the city’s carpet mills.

Victor Zuñiga, a sociologist at the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, was interested in what the demographic shift meant for local schools, so he sat down with a teacher who told him something he couldn’t get out of his head. 

“The problem with Latino students,” she said, “is they disappear.”

Zuñiga returned to Mexico intent on finding out what had happened to those kids, many of whom had left the U.S. after...

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