Mexico regrets the end of DACA and offers support to “dreamers”

Dreamers in the streets demonstrating for their rights. (Photo: El Universal)

Mexican Foreign Affairs Secretariat reassured that it will guarantee consular protection to those affected by the decision…

According to El Universal, after expressing profound regret following the decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the Mexican Government called on U.S. authorities to find a quick resolution to the legal uncertainty that thousands of young Mexicans called “dreamers” confront today, after Trump’s administration rescinded DACA.

Even though the Mexican Government acknowledged that “U.S. immigration policy is exclusively determined by U.S. citizens and by its institutions, it noted that “the country cannot ignore the fact that there are thousands of young people born in Mexico who may be affected by the decision announced today.”

At least 622,170 young illegal immigrants born in Mexico will be affected by the end of DACA program; therefore Mexican Foreign Affairs Secretariat (Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores, SRE in spanish) announced in a statement that Mexico will welcome “with open arms” those DACA beneficiaries returning to Mexico.

Dreamers in the streets demonstrating for their rights (Photo: El Universal)

“Gerónimo Gutierrez, Mexican, ambassador to Washington, has sent letters to U.S. senators and congressional representatives highlighting the value of the young DACA to U.S. society and urging a resolution that brings them legal certainty,” the statement continued.

The Mexican government, the SRE, and the Mexican Consular Network will guarantee consular protection to those affected by the decision, emphasizing legal representation.

On Saturday, President Enrique Peña Nieto addressed “dreamers” during his 5th State of the Union Address: “To all of you, young Dreamers, our great recognition, admiration and solidarity without reservations.”

Some of the most relevant reactions to the Trump administration decision to end Daca have been by Nancy Pelosi, the Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives, representing California’s 12th congressional district, who wrote on her Twitter account: “Trump’s cowardice is on full display today. His cruelty must not stand!”; and Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO, who wrote on his Facebook account: “This is a sad day for our country. The decision to end DACA is not just wrong. It is particularly cruel to offer young people the American Dream, encourage them to come out of the shadows and trust our government, and then punish them for it”. Also, Barack Obama, former U.S. President, wrote on his Twitter account: “To target hopeful young strivers who grew up here is wrong, because they’ve done nothing wrong.”