Mexico “deplores” Trump’s decision on DACA

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The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was signed by Former President Barrack Obama in 2012

Mexico “deplores” the decision of US President Donald Trump on undocumented youth and asks the US Congress to find a “quick” solution to end the uncertainty that hangs over them, the Mexican authorities said on Tuesday.

“Our country can not ignore the fact that thousands of young people born in Mexico will probably be affected by today’s decision,” the Mexican government reacted after the cancellation of the program set up by Barack Obama, which kept the “Dreamers” safe from deportation and allowed them to study and work in the United States.

Since the Obama administration began DACA in 2012, 787,580 people have been approved for the program, according to the latest government figures.

“The Mexican government will maintain a permanent dialogue with the (American) legislative power,” the authorities said, adding that they sent letters to senators and congressmen to emphasize the “value” of these young people to American society.

The Mexican authorities “have a moral imperative to act” and “will redouble their efforts to ensure the widest possible consular protection for young people affected by this measure”.

“It should not be forgotten that many, almost 80 per cent of the young people enrolled in the Daca program are of Mexican origin,” said Deputy Foreign Minister Carlos Sada at a press conference.

The announcement of the end of this program set up in 2012 and affecting some 800,000 people caused Monday some demonstrations in Mexico, in particular in Tijuana (northwest), on the border with the United States, where about twenty mothers protested.

Of the 12 million undocumented migrants living in the United States, it is estimated that half are Mexican and about 625,000 of them are “Dreamers”, children who entered illegally in the United States with their parents.