El Paso and Juarez have established a unique relationship as sister cities, but with President Trump threatening to shut down the border permanently, some say it will have an affect on their lives.
Many university students are worried about what that can potentially mean for the future of their education here in the United States.
UTEP and EPCC students told KTSM many students commute to school daily from across the border.
According to UTEP officials, there are 651 students enrolled at the university for the Fall 2018 semester who have a permanent mailing address in Ciudad Juarez. However, UTEP officials say this number doesn’t account for students with mailing addresses in El Paso who commute daily from across the border as well.
Some students say a border closure will cut their life in half since they spend equal time on both sides.
Many say they are worried it will happen with no warning, therefore some are preparing to stay with friends or family in El Paso. However, many say they don’t have a place to stay on this side of the bridge.
“Actually my parents have been pushing me to stay here just in case, they’ve been telling me to stay with one of my aunts, but I haven’t done it because it doesn’t feel it right but if it has to come to that extreme I’ll have to do it,” UTEP student Mariam Marquez says.
Marquez is an American citizen who lives in Juarez and commutes daily for school and work.
As far as public high schools and other primary education facilities in El Paso, some students cross daily for school as well. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) says schools receive funding for average daily attendance of roughly 180 days, or 75,600 minutes of class time.
The TEA says if there is a dramatic drop of attendance, it can end up affecting school funding.