Weekday mornings at 5, when the lights on distant hillsides across the border still twinkle in the blackness, Martha, a high school senior, begins her arduous three-hour commute to school, the New York Times reports. She groggily unlocks the security gate guarded by the family Doberman and waits in the glare of the Pemex filling station for the bus to the border. Her fellow passengers, grown men with their arms folded, jostle her in their sleep. Martha’s destination, along with dozens of young friends—United States citizens all living in “TJ,” as they affectionately call their city—is a public high school eight miles away in Chula Vista, Calif., where they were born and where they still claim to live…

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