UTEP is among those bracing for the possible border shutdown, which has been discussed by President Donald Trump.
The university is working to help those students who travel every day from Juarez to study in the U.S.
In a letter sent to everyone on campus Monday afternoon, Dr. Diana Natalicio said UTEP is making sure faculty understands the situation and helps accommodate students. That includes extending deadlines or moving some class work online. UTEP is also looking at arranging housing for those students who may get stuck in El Paso.
Natalicio wrote “We fully understand that the current delays at the bridges and the potential closure of the border are disrupting many lives….. All of us at UTEP are dismayed by the negative impact of these CBP actions on our community,”.
According to UTEP, there were nearly 650 students enrolled at the university in the fall of 2018 who have a permanent mailing address in Juarez. That number doesn’t account for students with mailing addresses in El Paso who commute daily from across the border.
The Trump administration has not stated when or if this closure would happen. However, some reports say it could happen as soon as this week. As we reported during his two years in office, President Trump has repeatedly said he would close the U.S./ Mexico Border and has not followed through