A new school year can be a challenge for many parents, but imagine taking your kids out of the country just to get them the best education possible.
A Mexican father makes the cross over every day to do just that.
Just after 3:00 p.m. every day, in the South Texas heat, a swarm of kids are seen walking towards the Hidalgo International Bridge after a full day at school.
Both 7-year-old Luis and 8-year-old Kayla strap on their backpacks and get ready to walk a mile from their school to the other side of the border into Mexico.
Their father, Jose Luis Dominguez, knows it’s not easy, but knowing how important it is for his kids start school makes it necessary.
“I bring them to school every day. We cross the border so they can have a better education,” Dominguez said. “Because schooling is better here than in Mexico.”
Like Dominguez, there are many parents living in Mexico who’ve been able to enroll their kids in American schools, either through charter schools or tuition programs.
In most cases, all they have to do is provide a physical address in the U.S., whether they live there or not; anything to protect their children from danger.
“It’s ugly across the border,” Dominguez said. “Kids are being abducted. It’s better here [in the U.S.], safer, knowing that nothing will happen.”
The 32-year-old father has been walking his children to school for two years now. His job at the fast food restaurant across the street allows him to drop off his kids and pick them up. But his paycheck can’t buy him a permanent life on the U.S. side.
Nevertheless, Dominguez hopes his sacrifices will get his children walking on a better path.
For parents and students living in Mexico, a quality education away from the drug violence is reason enough to wake up every morning and do it all over again.