Mexico City, June 23, 2016
This Thursday, the United States Supreme Court could not arrive at a consensus with respect to the lawsuit filed by several states challenging the constitutionality of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program. The court’s vote ended in a tie.
The Supreme Court’s decision effectively upholds the temporary suspension of the implementation of the aforementioned deferred action programs, leaving it to the U.S. District Court to resolve the question of whether millions of immigrants, many of them of Mexican origin, can normalize their migratory situation through the proposed programs in the United States.
For that reason, the Government of Mexico, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, calls upon the Mexican and Mexican-American community to stay informed and aware of this issue via official sources, the embassy of Mexico in the US and through its network of 50 consulates.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs invites Mexican nationals to visit their nearest consulate; call the Center of Information and Assistance for Mexicans (CIAM), which operates every day (1 855 463 6395); download the free “MiConsulmex” application on their mobile and cellphone devices; follow official reports given by the embassy and consulates on social media; and to remain alert to news coverage on radio and television.
The DACA program announced in June 2012 has benefitted more than half a million young Mexicans and remains in effect. However, as a result of today’s decision, applications for the DAPA and expanded DACA programs will not be accepted. Accordingly, we are warning the community to be aware of possible immigration scams and fraud.
The Government of Mexico, while respectful of the institutions involved in the legal process, reiterates its belief in the positive impact that these programs would have on the lives of millions of immigrant families, as well as on economic development and the social fabric of the United States.
Mexico will remain alert to the evolution of this process and, through its Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will continue to facilitate the availability of consular documents and ID cards. The embassy and consular network in the United States will double their efforts to provide information and timely assistance to Mexican nationals, regardless of their migratory status.