Washington, D.C., September 27, 2019

 

 

IMPACT OF THE DACA RESCISSION AMONG THE MEXICAN COMMUNITY IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

 

 

The consular network of Mexico in the United States of America, which consists of 50 Consulates, has duly provided consular assistance to the Mexican nationals eligible to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, since it was launched in June, 2012.  

From that date up until August 31st, 2019, the Mexican Government, through its Consular Network, has allocated significant financial and human resources in helping Dreamers in different ways, such as: providing timely and relevant information through informative workshops; assessing DACA eligibility through personalized counsel by immigration attorneys; issuing Mexican passport or other consular documents; and providing financial assistance to apply for the DACA program for those in need.

During the same period, the consular network has held 17,978 informative workshops, which have benefited 1,035,890 persons. These efforts have been possible due to the support of civil society organizations and attorneys specialized in immigration law.

Among the attendants to the informative workshops, the consular network identified 28,526 cases of persons who received consular protection and assistance to complete the application process with US authorities, to obtain the proper consular documentation for the application, and to obtain the financial resources to cover the application fees in cases of financial distress. From June 2012 to August 2019, the Government of Mexico had assigned $2.175 million dollars for Mexican DACA recipients.

During that period, the Center for Information and Assistance to Mexicans (CIAM), the call center of the Government of Mexico in the United States specialized in consular assistance and protection, has received 6,655 phone calls related to the DACA program. The callers were provided with updated information on the status of the program, as well as information about the main DACA related events taking place in their nearest consulate.

The Government of Mexico has expressed on several occasions its profound concern about the uncertainty generated among the Mexican community by the decision of the Government of the United States to rescind DACA.

 

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