Press Release 339
Washington, D.C., September 5, 2017
Today, the Ambassador of Mexico to the United States, Gerónimo Gutiérrez Fernández, met with Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Elaine Duke, to formally convey the Government of Mexico’s position regarding the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program or DACA.
Ambassador Gutiérrez Fernández expressed that Mexico deeply regrets the decision taken by the Trump Administration given that DACA’s beneficiaries are men and women who arrived in the United States in their childhood and have spent most if not all of their lives in the country, where they significantly contribute to the economy and the society. In addition, the Ambassador stressed that the program’s termination places on its recipients’ greater uncertainty about their immigration status and their future.
The Ambassador also made clear that the Government of Mexico’s objective is to promote legislation that grants DACA recipients a permanent immigration status, and that it will seek to foster dialogue with Congress and the Executive Branch to achieve that goal. This will be done fully respecting the United States legal framework and in accordance to pertinent diplomatic norms. Additionally, the Ambassador reiterated that Mexico will intensify the consular protection of DACA recipients.
Given the importance of ensuring that DACA’s beneficiaries have accurate information on the implementation of this measure, Ambassador Gutiérrez Fernández requested to strengthen the communication channels with the Department of Homeland Security, as well as accurate information regarding the situation of Mexican nationals who are part of the program and those who have applied for registration until today.