The Government of Mexico, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, regrets the decision of the District Judge for the Southern District of Texas in Brownsville, granting a preliminary injunction of the expanded version of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) programs.
As a result of this judicial order, the expanded DACA program and the DAPA program will be temporarily suspended while the lawsuit filed by 26 states is resolved on the merits. It is important to note that the DACA program announced on June 15, 2012, which has benefitted nearly half a million Mexicans, will remain in effect as will the cancellation of the “Secure Communities” program.
The Embassy of Mexico and its consular network in the United States will closely follow the subsequent judicial stages of this process. Additionally, Mexico reiterates that these programs are a fair remedy for millions of families and have the potential to strengthen the significant contributions that Mexican immigrants make to the American economy and society.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs calls on the Mexican community in the United States to stay informed on the developments of the review process of this judicial order through official channels such as its 50 consulates.
The Mexican community in the United States is welcome to visit their nearest consulate; call the Center for Information and Assistance for Mexicans (CIAM) which operates daily at (1 855 463 6395); download the free app for mobile devices “MiConsulmex”; follow official social media accounts of our consular representations; and tune in to radio and television spots featuring our consuls.
Additionally, the Ministry warns the community about possible immigration frauds and scams. To date, and as a result of the preliminary injunction, there is no process to apply, nor are there any applications being accepted for the expanded DACA or DAPA programs’ benefits.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will continue assisting Mexican nationals in obtaining consular documents and identifications. The Embassy and the consular network in the United States will double their efforts to provide information and assistance to all Mexican who require it, regardless of their immigration status.