"We want to reconnect Dreamers and the Mexican American diaspora with their country of origin”.
Press conference speakers. Pablo Vázquez, Planning Director at IME; Rebeca Vargas, President and CEO of the USMF; and Alexia Núñez, Community Affairs Consul at the Consulate General of Mexico in New York.
On Wednesday, June 8, a press conference was held in the Consulate General of Mexico in New York to announce the second delegation of the U.S.-Mexico Foundations’ (USMF) program called "Dreamers Without Borders".
The program aims to reconnect Dreamers of Mexican origin living in the United States with their country of origin, with the purpose of contributing to their empowerment by promoting a sense of identity and renewed pride in their cultural heritage.
In July of 2015, the USMF in partnership with the IME took a delegation of 30 young Dreamers to Mexico City. Following the success of that program, the decision was made to expand it, so the second delegation will include between 75 and 100 U.S. Dreamers who will visit Mexico for a month-long stay during December of 2016.
Participants of the 2015 Dreamer Delegation and Rebeca Vargas, center, at the welcome reception hosted at the SRE in Mexico.
To make the 2016 delegation even more impactful, the USMF has brought together additional partners. The USMF is collaborating with the States of Guanajuato, Guerrero, Jalisco, Michoacán, and Puebla, with several US based “Federaciones” and “Clubes de Oriundos” from these Mexican states, and with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, in addition to the IME.
"Dreamers Without Borders offers a truly unique agenda filled with memorable activities that will include a stay in Mexico City, and in the capital of their state of origin”, said Rebeca Vargas, President & CEO of the USMF.“Through these delegations, we look to empower young leaders committed to promoting binational understanding and collaboration while continuing to build a network of Mexican Americans connected with their country of origin”, added Rebeca.
Rebeca Vargas speaking, USMF President and CEO.
“We want to strengthen their bond (with Mexico), in such a way that these young people will become ambassadors for their community of origin”, said Pablo Vázquez, Planning Director at Instituto de los Mexicanos en el Exterior (IME). “These opportunities have made changes in Dreamers’ life and they’ve revaluated the way they see Mexico as a country.”
In a press release, Eunice Rendon, IME’s Executive Director, said: “We are happy to collaborate, for a second occasion, with the USMF in this unique initiative. The Program is aligned with the SRE’s commitment to support the development of Mexican youth and to connect Mexicans abroad with Mexico”.
The program beneficiaries will have the opportunity to connect with local authorities, returned Dreamers and academics. It will also include visits to Mexico City, five days in the participants’ home-state capitals in Jalisco, Michoacán, Guanajuato, Guerrero or Puebla, and an extended stay with their family in Mexico during the holiday season.
The USMF is currently inviting Dreamers to apply to benefit from this unique opportunity. The application process closes on July 1st. Applicants need to fill out an application and provide the required documents.
Attendants at the Consulate of Mexico in New York during the press conference on June 8, 2016.
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