The Mexican Government deeply regrets the rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA)
- 6 de Septiembre de 2017
- Por: Roderic Gómez
Del Rio, Texas. Since the new U.S. Administration came into office, the Government of Mexico has promoted the continuation of DACA, in order to safeguard the protection of thousands of young beneficiaries of this program, the majority of which are Mexican.
The Mexican Government has persistently expressed that DACA beneficiaries, also known as Dreamers, make significant contributions to the economy, culture, and society of the country they arrived to as children. A few days ago, during his State of the Union Address, President Enrique Peña Nieto reiterated to all Dreamers our greatest, wholehearted and frank acknowledgment, admiration and solidarity. This is why the Mexican Government regrets the decision announced today that rescinds DACA, and expresses deep concern over the uncertainty that thousands of young people born in Mexico will face starting now.
Without doubt, the U.S. immigration policy is solely determined by American people and institutions. However, Mexico cannot ignore the fact that thousands of Mexican born youth will be potentially affected by the decision announced today. In the face of this situation, the Government of Mexico has the moral duty to act, through diplomatic channels and always fully respecting the rule of law, to actively promote both with the U.S. Executive and Legislative branches a prompt solution to the legal uncertainty faced now by DACA youths.
The Mexican Government, through our Ambassador to the U.S., Gerónimo Gutiérrez Fernández, sent a letter to U.S. legislators in which he underscored the significant contributions of Dreamers to the U.S. society, and invited them to continue analyzing options to permanently solve their legal situation. The Mexican Government will keep an open and permanent dialogue with the U.S. Congress to support a solution. Also, we are in contact with DHS authorities to learn in full detail the implementation process of the measure announced today.
The Government of Mexico has the obligation to protect young Dreamers born in Mexico. As such, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through its Embassy and consular network in the U.S., will strengthen its actions to provide comprehensive consular protection for the affected youth. The Mexican Government will offer personal and comprehensive consular assistance to every Dreamer that asks for it, particularly legal representation.
Furthermore, we reiterate that Mexico will receive with open arms the young Dreamers that return to our country. President Enrique Peña Nieto has instructed federal agencies to reinforce those actions that support these young people; make the most of their talents and abilities; as well as fully integrate them to our national economy and society.
With this aim, and in addition to the We Are Mexicans Program (Somos Mexicanos), the following actions will be taken:
• Job board designed especially for Dreamers in Mexico, which they can access through our Consulates;
• Credit program for Dreamers in the U.S. and Mexico;
• Scholarships in Mexico and other countries;
• Immediate access to education and recognition of credentials;
• Enrolment to Seguro Popular (public healthcare program).
Mexico urges the Mexican community in the U.S. to keep informed through official channels and report any abuse in order to avoid being victims of fraud. The Mexican government invites its nationals to contact their Mexican consulate; call the Center for Information and Assistance of Mexicans (1-855-463-6395), a toll-free line available 24/7; and download the free of cost app “MiConsulmex”, which has an emergency button to contact their consulate.