Margaret Mege, LifeZette, September 6, 2017
Dreamers upset at the news that the DACA program was being canceled took to Facebook to try to figure out what their options are going forward, with some suggesting that maybe it wouldn’t be such a bad idea to return to Mexico.
“I really don’t care if Im send [sic] back to Mexico,” one young woman named Alee Marts wrote of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. “I can be a teacher over there and teach English. life goes on its not the end of the world. make mexico great again.”
Several others on the DACA Facebook page chimed in, with many agreeing that going back to Mexico might be a good option.
“We survived here with nothing, we can survive anywhere with nothing is true!” wrote Facebook user Carmen Morales-Himes.
“Well said,” wrote a Facebook user named Iohnatan Ceballos. “I love my country because I am a true Hispanic. Even if I was brought so little here and does not know much about my home country. We can work over there too. It’s not the end of the world.”
Several began to talk about whether they could go back to the area they’re from, or whether they would choose a safer region.
“I might go to Puebla,” wrote one woman named Nancy Isidro, referring to the Spanish colonial town south of Mexico City. “They say it’s calm there. And yeah were [sic] I am fron [sic] they kill, kidnap and rape people almost everyday.”
Others started talking about jobs in Mexico, and the best place to go to get a good job.
“Good morning dacafriends,” one woman wrote. “my plan if they take our papers away is very simple and is save save save every single penny and go back to Mexico I’ll rent my house and start a new life in Guadalajara.”
“Im from Jalisco,” a Facebook user named Panchis Aguirre wrote. “I have my plan “B” too, go to mexico and work there in my dog breeding,..”
Others jumped in to talk about jobs at the American consulate, and how to get Mexican identification. Several said they had family living in Mexico.
The Mexican government estimates that 625,000 of the approximately 800,000 who are now in the DACA program are citizens of Mexico.
Mexico’s economy is the 15th largest in the world, with a state-run oil company and a strong tourism industry.
But the society is stratified, with a large underclass and a relatively small upper class, most having a European background.
And though property rights exist on the books, they’re often not enforced due to widespread corruption, and bribing of police and judges.
The U.S.-educated dreamers may be just what Mexico needs.