A new report released last month shows that Mexico is helping its citizens living in the United States apply for a program known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DACA keeps illegal immigrants from being deported and lets them work in the United States.
National Public Radio (NPR) reported last month that since DACA began in 2012, the Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles has helped more than 260 illegal immigrants from Mexico with DACA applications.
Julian Escutia, who is in charge of national programs for Mexico’s 50 consulates in the United States, told NPR that financial assistance for Mexicans seeking DACA protection is strictly based on need.
“This is on a case by case basis…We are not in the position of assisting all of them financially.
“If it’s a program that helps youth to work in this country, well, that helps our nationals, and that helps us.”
Escutia told NPR that helping its citizens stay in the US is not its office’s main goal, but rather providing for their well being.
“Our main objective is the well-being of our nationals wherever they are…So what we want for them is that they are successful and really continue contributing to [the U.S.].”
In August, House Republicans voted to end DACA after one of the most tense floor debates in recent memory, Roll Call reported. There was concern over President Obama’s authority to enact DACA in the first place. Illinois Democrat Luis Gutierrez slammed Republicans for the vote.
“In January you were saying that all of the Dreamers should get green cards and citizenship…Now, [Iowa Rep.] Steve King, [Minnesota Rep.] Michele Bachmann, and [Texas Senator] Ted Cruz are literally writing the immigration script for the Republican Party.”
For his part, Escutia affirmed to NPR that the debate over DACA was solely a “domestic issue.”
“We are not entering into the political debate…It’s one option that is available to our nationals, and if they choose to apply for it, we are certainly happy to help them.
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