As part of the “White Heads” program, which aims to reunite elderly people from Yucatán with their daughters, sons, and grandchildren residing in the United States, this week saw the fulfillment of the trip for 176 people who were able to travel to the neighboring northern country and reunite with their loved ones whom they haven’t seen for 10, 20, and even 30 years.
This program was carried out in collaboration with the Consulate of the United States of America and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) of Mexico. As a result, 79 men and 122 women received their passports, allowing them to stay in the North American country for up to 60 days. Only 26 individuals are still pending to travel, and they are expected to do so next week.
It is worth noting that some of the grandparents have departed from the Cancun airport to Houston, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, and Washington in the United States. They will then return after approximately 40 days.
Eric Villanueva Mukul, the Director General of the Institute for the Development of Maya Culture (Indemaya), expressed that the success of this program is due to the discipline exhibited by the travelers, as they have had no issues with their return trips.
The program is expected to be reactivated in September, opening the possibility for another 200 grandparents to visit their relatives in the United States of America.