Floca told me that these students fall through the cracks for many reasons. Their home situation — perhaps a parent has been deported — and the realities of their hours-long commute or adjusting to life in Mexico can make students depressed, exhausted or stressed, which can lead to them not being engaged at school.
Students can only take exams required to enroll in schools in Baja California once or twice a year, so depending on when they move, they might have to spend months crossing the border to continue school. Or they might just stop attending for months.
These factors can become barriers that keep them from being engaged and successful, both academically and socially, at school. At worst, they can increase the students’ likelihood of dropping out.