Following the Trump administration’s controversial decision to scrap DACA, the program initiated under President Obama in 2012 which offers temporary legal status to undocumented immigrants who entered the United States as children, leaders and organizations across Mexico are making overtures of welcome to the nearly 600,000 people – so-called Dreamers – who potentially face deportation to Mexico.
Taking the lead, President Enrique Peña Nieto was quick to condemn the decision, calling on U.S. authorities to find “a swift, permanent solution that gives legal certainty to the young people of DACA.”
According to the U.S. Naturalization and Immigration Services, 77.8 percent of DACA’s 800,000 beneficiaries are from Mexico, out of which 90,000 are of Jalisciense origin.
Jalisco Governor Aristoteles Sandoval said Trump’s decision to scrap DACA “goes against the fundamental principles on which the United States is based as a nation.”
Expressing his solidarity with the Dreamers, Sandoval said Jalisco’s thriving economy would welcome them with open arms should they be deported by the U.S. government in the future. “They are not alone, and we won’t leave them alone,” he said.
Jalisco is widely known as the “Silicon Valley” of Mexico, sharing as it does with that famous industrial nexus a strong tech sector and a reputation for fostering entrepreneurship. As such, Dreamers who have received – or were in the midst of receiving before their untimely ouster from the country – tech and/or engineer-related education would be given preference when being considered for the more than 6,000 posts officials say will be vacant.