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Mexico would welcome DACA recipients with open arms, expert says

by Austin Cross and A Martínez | Take Two®

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Ivan Ceja, 25 of Compton, became a DACA beneficiary in 2012, and is preparing himself for a life without papers again. Josie Huang/KPCC

More than 600,000 of the young people covered under the DACA program are natives of Mexico. The initiative protected them from deportation, but now their future in the U.S. is uncertain. 

That concern extends past the southern border, where the prospect of receiving and re-integrating thousands of young people born in Mexico but raised in the U.S. has some on alert. 

Rafael Fernández de Castro was a presidential foreign policy advisor in Mexico who now directs the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at UC San Diego.

Fernández says Mexico would gladly welcome so-called Dreamers, should Congress fail to find a lasting solution:

Dreamers are a very special group of migrants to Mexicans because we know they came here when they were children. They have worked very hard. Most of them are very well-educated, and they're doing extremely well in U.S. society. I'm sure they will be welcomed in Mexico, and Mexican society is prepared to welcome them.

Fernández adds that Mexico's institutions have begun preparing, in case Congress fails to act:

Dreamers are waking Mexican society. I have never seen private and public universities very interested in getting the Dreamers. Every single Mexican university is saying, "I will have scholarships for them." 

Press the blue play button above to hear more about how the Trump administration's recent decision about DACA is being taken in Mexico. 

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