This past Friday, August 15th, marked two years since the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program entered into force. In that time, the Embassy of Mexico and the network of 50 consulates in the United States have undertaken the job of attending to the needs of young Mexicans who met requirements allowing them to obtain benefits from the program.
The permanent campaigns of outreach and guidance have helped 427,653 Mexicans benefit from the program since it was begun, making Mexico both the country of origin with the highest percentage of citizens benefitting from DACA and the country with the highest acceptance rate.
Consular activities have included information activities and legal guidance, opportune response times sensitive to the volume and particular documentation needs as well as the strengthening of relationships with community organizations and US authorities. We have utilized social networks and new technologies like the free “MiConsulmex” consular services app, to inform and empower our community.
Through this past July, the consular network had organized more than four thousand activities including information sessions, workshops, legal clinics and education fairs. Additionally, extended workdays were scheduled to provide support to so-called dreamers and their needs for passports or consular ID cards.
In two years the consular network has offered information to more than 300,000 young Mexicans and has individually helped 56,000 of them obtain DACA IDs.
This shared effort with national, regional and local groups of dreamers, organizations providing legal services and other members of the Mexican community abroad has facilitated the development of strong ties between the consular network and Young Mexicans in the United States, which has helped constantly renew our consular efforts and update best practices that will benefit the greatest number of our citizens.
This work has also detonated greater outreach between the government of Mexico and this generation of young people which has resulted in the strengthening new leaders, stronger ties between young Mexicans in the United States and their home country and the creation of collaboration models which benefit the community.
According to the survey “In Their Own Words: A Nationwide Survey of Undocumented Millennials”, 70% of the young people who have received DACA benefits found or changed jobs. The participation of these young people in the labor market has strengthened their contributions to the development of their communities of residence. 51% have been able to increase their earnings and help provide for their families.
The Foreign Ministry (SRE), the Embassy of Mexico and the consular network, reaffirm their commitment to continue supporting young Mexicans who have already benefitted from this program and are in the process of renovation. Accordingly, we will continue to inform possible beneficiaries of this program who have still not applied.