Since the new federal administration came into office, the government of Mexico has promoted the continuation of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in order to safeguard the protection of thousands of young beneficiaries of this program, known as “Dreamers,” who make significant contributions to the economy, culture and society of the United States of America.
Without any doubt, U.S. immigration policy is solely determined by American people and institutions. However, Mexico cannot ignore the fact that thousands of Mexican-born youths will be potentially affected by the rescission of the program.
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 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 these Dreamers to American society and invited them to continue analyzing options to permanently solve the 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 Department of Homeland Security authorities to learn in full detail the implementation process of the measure announced on Sept. 5.
Furthermore, Mexico will receive with open arms those young Dreamers that eventually return to our country. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has instructed federal agencies to reinforce actions that support these young people and make the most of their talents and abilities, as well as fully integrate them to our national economy and society.
The Consulate General of Mexico in Atlanta has the responsibility of protecting young Dreamers born in Mexico that live in Georgia, Alabama and most of Tennessee; hence, it will strengthen its actions to offer personal and comprehensive consular assistance to every Dreamer that asks for it, particularly legal advice and representation.
There is a very particular danger of fraud from paralegals, “notarios” and false attorneys. We urge the Mexican community to keep informed through official channels and report any abuse.
We invite them to contact us at email@example.com; to call the Center for Information and Assistance of Mexicans (1-855-463-6395), a toll-free line available 24/7; and to download the free app “MiConsulmex,” which has an emergency button to contact any Mexican consulate in the U.S.
Javier Díaz de León was appointed as the consul general of Mexico in Atlanta in 2016. He previously served as consul general in Raleigh, N.C., and as deputy consul in New York and San Diego, Calif.