Earlier this week President Donald Trump announced plans to scrap the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that has protected nearly 800,000 young men and women from deportation who entered the United States illegally as children.
In a statement, Mexico´s Secretariat of Foreign Affairs said that in addition to the assistance it already carries out through its program named Somos Mexicanos, it will also offer a special job board in Mexico for young people, which will be available through consulates; plus credit programs and scholarships in Mexico and other countries; as well as access to education and affiliation to Seguro Popular.
The Mexican government has an obligation to protect the young dreamers born in this country. Accordingly, the Foreign Ministry, through the Embassy and Mexico´s consular network, will redouble its efforts to guarantee the widest consular protection to young people who are affected by this measure.
The Mexican government will provide comprehensive and individualized consular and legal assistance to any Mexican dreamer who requests it, particularly in their legal representation, “the Foreign Ministry confirmed.
In addition, the federal agency said that although US immigration policy is pro-population, it must take into account the thousands of young Mexicans living in their country, who make up 80 percent of dreamers.
Former US President Barack Obama approved the DACA program by decree in 2012. The removal of DACA coincides with Trump’s restrictive immigration policy and other measures criticised by congressmen and Hispanic organizations such as the recently granted pardon to Joe Arpaio.