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Student crosses Tijuana border each day hoping to one day work for NASA

Student crosses Tijuana border each day hoping to one day work for NASA

Growing up in Tijuana, Sergio Sandoval didn’t know how much his birthplace would affect his ability to reach his dreams.

Sandoval plans to be an aerospace engineer and is well on his way to achieving that goal. He graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology and works for NASA. He’s planning to get a master’s degree from San Diego State University.

All of this was possible because of a decision his mother made before he was born — she crossed the border to give birth to him in San Diego, making him a U.S. citizen. As soon as she was released from the hospital, she went with him back to Mexico.

“I have no idea why she wanted to do it, honestly,” Sandoval...

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