The Secretary of Foreign Affairs, José Antonio Meade Kuribreña, welcomed a group of 40 young Dreamers who are visiting Mexico. This group is a part of the 449, 921 young people who live in the United States and have benefitted from a program that allows them to work and travel called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
This is the first time that these young people have been able to travel outside the United States. The Foreign Ministry organized the visit from September 29th through October 4th in collaboration with the governments of the State of Mexico and Mexico City, as well as with the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). The visit includes cultural and academic activities, as well as exchanges with students.
The Dreamers in this first group visiting our country were proposed by the embassy and the consulates of Mexico in the United States for their activism and community leadership. It is a diverse group of 23 women and 17 men, originally from different states in Mexico (Nuevo León, Puebla, Michoacán, Distrito Federal, Chihuahua, Zacatecas, Durango, Jalisco, Colima, Sonora and Sinaloa).
They live in different places in the United States and have diverse interests and profiles. They belong to a new generation of Mexican immigrants who are recognized as leaders committed to promoting the well-being of their communities, and they are authentic agents of change.
During the meeting, Secretary Meade recognized the valuable attitude of the Dreamers and the generosity and power of their voices in support of comprehensive immigration reform. He reiterated the commitment of the Mexican government to continue working through its consular network to help more young people benefit from programs like DACA.
Finally, he invited them to take advantage of this trip to get to know Mexico once more and take back an updated vision of the country they left as children. He also asked them to exercise positive leadership in the relationship between Mexico and the United States, because the empowerment of this generation will depend on a wider and greater connection.