Mexico City, December 22, 2017
Press Release No. 476.- Mexico has filed an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief with the United States District Court
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs informs that Mexico has filed an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief with the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York in support of the request to temporarily suspend the effects of the rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program ordered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on September 5th, 2017. The brief argues that the rescission will harm DACA beneficiaries, their families and the Mexican community in the United States in general.
Additionally, the Government of Mexico pointed out that rescinding DACA exposes its beneficiaries, and all Mexican dreamers, to an unnecessary risk of harassment by members of law enforcement and creates uncertainty with regard to how those individuals will be treated by authorities. This uncertainty has been reflected by an increase in the demand for consular services related to immigration.
Working to suspend the effects of the rescission of the DACA program is a way to recognize the valuable contributions young dreamers make to the economy, society and culture of their communities.
Mexico respects the sovereign right of every country to decide their internal immigration policy. At the same time, it must perform its unrestricted duty to ensure the well-being of its citizens in Mexico, or in any place they have decided to reside.
Between 2012, when DACA first began, and September 4th, 2017, nearly 690,000 young people benefitted from the program through temporarily suspended deportations, work permits and ability to get drivers licenses. Among them, approximately 548,000, or around 79%, of them are Mexican.
The Government of Mexico, through its Embassy and consular network in the United States, will continue offering the necessary consular assistance to safeguard the rights of Mexicans in this country, regardless of their immigration status.