Giving Compass’ Take:
• The 74 tells the story of a 16-year-old boy from El Salvador who overcame many obstacles to escape violence in El Salvador and come to the United States, even though his future is uncertain under new immigration policies.
• What can we do to help young people who migrate here on their own or with families find more stability? What role can local schools and community organizations play?
There are many things that Jerson, 16, doesn’t know. He doesn’t know where he and his dad are going to live, and he doesn’t know where or when he’s going to go to school. He doesn’t know when he’ll see his mom, his two sisters, or his two brothers again.
But, seated at a bus station here on a recent Saturday afternoon after driving more than 1,400 miles from El Salvador with his dad and other migrants, he knows his favorite subject is science. He knows that he wants to be a professional singer, and that he prefers soccer great Lionel Messi over longtime rival Cristiano Ronaldo. He also knows the gist of President Trump’s immigration policy and that it translates into a hard road ahead.
“Yes, he says he does not want more people,” Jerson said of Trump. “But every person fights for what he wants.”
Later this month, Jerson plans to start high school in Arkansas. Because of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1982 decision in Plyler v. Doe, public schools cannot deny any student, regardless of immigration status, access to a public education. If he does enroll, it’ll be the first time in at least eight months that Jerson attends school, and it’ll be a stark departure from how he spent his summer.
Read the full article about one migrant teen’s perilous journey to the U.S. by Brendan Lowe at The 74.
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