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If Dreamers Are Deported, ‘It Will Be America’s Loss and Mexico’s Gain,’ Videgaray Says

Stephen Magagnini - The Sacramento Bee
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September 12, 2017

Mexico's Secretary of Foreign Affairs Luis Videgaray Casao addresses DACA in a press conference at Sacramento’s Mexican Consulate on Monday, saying that Mexico will welcome dreamers "with open arms." (The Sacramento Bee)

If the 600,000 Mexican-born recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program – or DACA – are deported by the Trump administration, “America’s loss will be Mexico’s gain,” Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Dr. Luis Videgaray Caso said Monday at a press conference in Sacramento.

Speaking at the Mexican Consulate in North Natomas, Videgaray called the recipients, also known as “Dreamers,” “a blessing.” He said if they are deported, the Mexican government is ready to help them continue their college educations, find jobs that fit their skills and provide them with medical insurance.

“We will receive them with open arms,” Videgaray said, adding that both the Mexican Ministry of Education and the Department of Labor have changed regulations to accommodate the Dreamers if they are deported.

“Hopefully that doesn’t happen,” said Videgaray, whose office has been vigorously lobbying both houses of Congress to pass legislation on the issue.

... The Mexican government already is providing legal assistance to undocumented Mexican immigrants seeking to adjust their legal status, said Videgaray, who met with about 20 DACA recipients privately. Videgaray, who holds a doctorate in economics from MIT, said the government is working wiith all 32 Mexican states to ensure any dreamers who are sent back can find jobs in their areas of study.

“If it’s one or 100,000 or 600,000, this will be a big gift to Mexico,” he said. “They are college-educated, law-abiding, talented young people full of energy and creativity.”

Read the rest at McClatchyDC

Related: Mexico Takes Steps to Ease Return of Young Immigrants (Associated Press)

Related: As U.S. Debates Dreamers, Mexico Puts Out the Welcome Mat (The Washington Times)

Related: Why Mexico's Top Diplomat Is Important to Dreamers, Current U.S. Politics (KXTV)

Related: In First, U.S. Defense Chief to Attend Mexican Independence Day Events (Reuters)

Related: Pope Francis Says Trump's DACA Decision Couldn't Be Further from "Pro-Life" (Bustle)

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