Last Friday, the Obama administration announced big news: Thousands of illegal immigrants who came to United States as children would be allowed to stay in the U.S. without fear of deportation. But the reality is that many undocumented families still face being split up or deported as a unit—and for children born and raised in America, that can feel like exile.
Jeffrey Isidoro sat near the door of his fifth-grade classroom here in Central Mexico, staring outside through designer glasses that, like his Nike sneakers and Nike backpack, signaled a life lived almost entirely in the United States. His parents are at home in Mexico. Jeffrey is lost.
When his teacher asked in Spanish how dolphins communicate, a boy next to him reached over to underline the right answer. When it was Jeffrey's turn to read, his classmates laughed and shouted "en ingles, en ingles" — causing Jeffrey to blush.
"Houston is home," Jeffrey said during recess, in English. "The houses and stuff here, it's all a little strange. I feel, like, uncomfortable."