When a family divided by citizenship is faced with a deportation order, the choices are usually stark: Split the family between two countries and keep U.S. citizen children in American schools, or move together to Mexico, where the education is inferior and the language is often foreign.
March 11, 2011 Mia Perdomo, 4, plays on the Gateway International Bridge, connecting Brownsville, Tex,. to Matamoros, Mexico. The Perdomo family lived in Port Isabel, Tex., until last year, when the father was deported. The family moved to Matamoros, and the girls crossed the border daily to go to school. Today, the girls cross only after visiting their parents on weekends in Mexico. Alexandra Garcia/The Washington Post Buy Photo