Kids living in Tijuana are going to school in the United States

Americas Now

The best way to assess the impact of the U.S. immigration policy on children of deported parents is to spend the day with them. That’s according to child welfare and human rights authorities.

Correspondent Mike Kirsch takes us on their daily journey to the classroom.

Some U.S.-born children living in Mexico now cross the border into the U.S. each day to continue their education. They often rise from bed as early as 3 a.m. to make the trek – shouldering not just their book bags but feelings of confusion and insecurity.

U.S.-born children of deported parents can also attend school in Mexico. A large number of them, however, do not read and write in Spanish. That has put a strain on the Mexican education system and in many cases has caused students to be held back.