Mexico Pays to Help Its Citizens Avoid Deportation from the U.S.

Hansi Lo Wang, NPR, September 30, 2014

Mexico is helping some of its citizens apply for a controversial immigration program in the U.S. called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

Since the Obama administration created the program in 2012, more than 580,000 unauthorized immigrants brought to the U.S. as minors have received temporary relief from deportation and been given work permits that last for at least two years.

But 45 percent of those who are eligible for DACA have not applied, and the cost may be holding some back. Immigrants have to pay a total of $465 to the Department of Homeland Security for fees related to the work permit and for required fingerprinting.

Mexican consulates around the U.S. have been paying those fees for some applicants through a little-known program for Mexican citizens with financial need.


Before applying for DACA, Tania Guzman was worried about revealing to the U.S. government that she left Mexico City and crossed the border illegally when she was 7 years old.


She finally managed to apply last October after her lawyer from Public Counsel, a pro bono law firm based in California, told her she qualified for financial assistance from the Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles. Since 2012, that consulate has set aside $250,000 to help, so far, more than 260 Mexican citizens apply for DACA.

Guzman, who was granted deferred action in May, says she paid $50. The rest of her attorney’s and application fees were covered by Mexico.


The Mexican Embassy in Washington, D.C., does not keep track of how many DACA applications the consulates have funded nationwide, according to Julian Escutia, head of the embassy’s consular coordination and Hispanic affairs section.

Escutia, who oversees national programs for Mexico’s 50 consulates around the U.S., stresses that financial assistance for Mexican citizens applying for DACA is limited and based on need.


Paying for DACA applications, he added, is just one way Mexican consulates are trying to support Mexican citizens living in the U.S.

“If it’s a program that helps youth to work in this country, well, that helps our nationals, and that helps us,” he said.


Mexico’s support for DACA applicants may seem counterintuitive, says Emily Edmonds-Poli, a professor who teaches Mexican politics at the University of San Diego, but she said it shows that the Mexican government is acknowledging a decades-long migration trend that led to 9 percent of people born in Mexico now living in the U.S.

That has driven Mexico to build better relations with Mexicans abroad in hopes of maintaining remittance flows and other cross-border economic activity.


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  • Mexico’s support for DACA applicants may seem counterintuitive

    It makes perfect sense to me.

    • evilsandmich

      $465? Yeah, I’d be for paying at least four times that to get rid of our undesirables so it’s a bit of a steal for them.

  • DaveMed

    Not unlike the taxes we pay to ensure that our garbage is collected.

    I’m not trying to be mean, but the similarities are striking.

  • E_Pluribus_Pluribus

    Lou Dobbs in 2006, before he was neutered:

    Lou Dobbs: There are some Mexican citizens and some Mexican-Americans who want to see California, New Mexico and other parts of the southwestern United States given over to Mexico. These groups call it the Reconquista, Spanish for Reconquest . . .

    Christine Romans: …Aztlan [mythical home land of the Aztec Indians: the U. S. Southwest] has long been the provenance of the radical fringe. A lot of open borders groups disavow it completely. But the growing street protests in favor of illegal immigration, Lou, are increasingly taking on the tone of that very radicalism . .

    • bilderbuster

      Conquest Through Immigration.

      • E_Pluribus_Pluribus

        US-taxpayer-funded and authorized (via a number of court decisions, most dramatically 1982’s Plyler v. Doe, forcing states to fund K-12 school for illegal alien children and several decisions lending marginal support for birthright citizenship for children born to illegals in the U. S.).

        • bilderbuster

          So that’s in the neighborhood of $12,000 per year for 12 years per illegal offspring.
          Never before in the history of the world has a nation been looted like this with so little resistance from it’s people.

      • LHathaway

        It’s a peaceful transition. . .

        • bilderbuster

          At least the American Indians fought and it wasn’t 200 years ago.
          Arizona was still “Indian Country” until around 1920.

    • mobilebay

      I’m glad that someone else noticed the change in Lou Dobbs – how could we miss it? I’ve wondered for years what happened to the anti-illegal immigration firebrand to turn him into someone who carefully crafts his words when speaking of our “neighbors” from the south? Was he threatened? paid off? What was it? I followed him as no one else at the time represented “our side,” and was amazed when one day to the next, he went from saying “illegal alien” to some euphemism that whitewashes those who sneak across our border.

      • Who Me?

        “Undocumented Workers”

      • E_Pluribus_Pluribus

        Dobbs came under, relentless heavy attack from the Southern Poverty Law Center. Go to YouTube. Type in:

        “Bill O’Reilly: Southern Poverty Law Center Got Lou Dobbs Fired?”

        • mobilebay

          Thank you. I found the video. Wish Lou would still speak up as he did before. We lost a true advocate.

        • Julius Caesar

          “Bill O’Reilly: Southern Poverty Law Center Got Lou Dobbs Fired?”

          The Tribe does it again…

  • Adolf Verloc

    Why, we were ASSURED that DACA would only apply to non-Mexican Central Americans! Quelle surprise!

    A saner American government could figure out a few ways to make the Mexican economy scream when they pull this stuff, NAFTA or no NAFTA.

  • JohnEngelman

    What a concept. Export your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Let them be another countries problem.

    • propagandaoftruth

      The more Mexican and redder we get, the whiter and greener they get.

      Well, everyone gets red if you mess with the cartels.

  • Bitch out your supermarket manager for stocking Mexican tomatoes. Demand American. Do not buy a vehicle assembled in Mexico by a US company.

    Mexico and Mexicans stink. Spread the word. Deny Mexico your money.

    • Mexico’s talking about banning all GMOs from their food supply and have had some cases go against Monsanto recently. If it’s the choice between a GMO American product and a non-GMO foreign product, I will choose the foreign product every single time. I’d even pay a price premium for it.

      • JSS

        If Mexico starts kicking out monsanto and stops using American GMO products I bet that would actually upset our traitorous overlords while they could care less about the drugs and criminals Mexico exports here.

      • AndrewInterrupted

        We agree to buy their non-GMO produce if
        they agree to stay the f**k out of our country.

    • LHathaway

      Dude, we will have our own white ethnostate before you could get a leftist to even think of buying an American car. Even Obama’s government owning part of the car companies hasn’t got them to buy an American car.

      Chevy ‘had it’s best year ever’ because 4 or 5 other auto divisions went completely out of business.

      We’re like those few Americans that buy those $50,000 retro-camaros, mustangs and challengers (as fine as they are). American car companies are taking more and more dollars from a smaller and smaller number of people. I’m not saying there is nothing left to support (oh wait, yes, I think I am). And by ‘supporting American car companies’ I may as well be making a metaphor for a whole lot of things stuck in our past that there is no longer ANY reason for us to support, including ‘so proud to increase diversity’, wonderfully diverse America.

    • Who Me?

      Don’t BUY tomatoes. They’re all tasteless pink rocks that were picked green and artificially “ripened”. Grow your own. It’s easy. Get an “heirloom” plant from a nursery or beg one off your neighbor. Save some seeds and grow them in subsequent years. All you need is a box or planter full of dirt, some water and a sunny window. Teach your kids. They LOVE to garden, they think it’s magic!

    • M.

      I have nothing against seeing Mexicans propser. More power to them. As long as they propser in Mexico.

  • Greg Thomas

    The mexican government is aiding and abetting this invasion, while our government stands by and does nothing. America is mexico’s welfare system, while mexico enjoys billions of dollars in remittances each year, subsidized by tax paying Americans.

    The state of California wants an additional $800 in income tax, on top of the sizeable amount already paid to these leeches. It makes my blood boil, knowing that my tax
    dollars are being used to assist illegal invading mexicans. The thought of paying another dime to a government that no longer represents me is enough to make me scream.

  • bilderbuster

    It has everything to do with keeping the remittance money flowing back to Mexico and the Mexican Embassy in DC is lying through it’s teeth when it claims it doesn’t keep track of how many requests it approves.
    Remittances prove that the illegals don’t put the money they earn back into the American economy.
    Cracking down on remittance transfers would be a great way to make life unbearable for Mexicans but because it would harm companies like Western Union who profit heavily from this nothing will be done about it.

  • Lion’s Mane

    Is this not much like an act of war to do this?

    • AndrewInterrupted

      And they are probably using U.S. foreign aid to do it.
      Any Demo-rat would do the same thing.

  • Puggg

    Mexico doesn’t want Mexicans.

    Not much of a country.

    • Alexandra1973

      I’ve said this before, but maybe we should bring *all* Mexicans over here, then *we* go to Mexico. Basically trade.

      Mexico would be much-improved, wouldn’t you think?

  • Alexandra1973

    Would it be safe to say Mexico has pretty much declared war on us?