U.S.-Mexico Foundation and Mexican Hometown Federations announce their partnership
to take DREAMers to Mexico in December 2016
WHO: U.S.- Mexico Foundation, Federación de Clubes Michoacanos en Illinois, Centro Jalisco en Chicago, Iniciativa de la Ciudad de México, Casa Guerrero, Instituto Estatal de Atención al Migrante Guanajuatense y sus Familias, Mi Casa es Puebla, the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, and the Instituto de los Mexicanos en el Exterior.
WHEN: Friday, June 17th, 2016
10 am Press Conference
WHERE: Centro Jalisco en Chicago
1870 South Blue Island Avenue, Chicago IL 60608
(CHICAGO) – The U.S.-Mexico Foundation (USMF), Casa Michoacan, Casa Guerrero, Centro Jalisco en Chicago, Casa Puebla, Casa Guanajuato, the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and the IME are happy to announce the 2016 Delegation of the Dreamers without Borders Program.
USMF’s Dreamers without Borders Program reconnects Dreamers of Mexican origin who live in the United States with their country of origin, for the purpose of contributing to their empowerment by promoting a sense of identity and renewed pride in their cultural heritage. The Program also fosters a commitment amongst Dreamers to stay connected with Mexico and to promote greater understanding between their country of origin and the United States.
“We are happy to collaborate, for the first time, with the USMF in this unique initiative. For the first time we will be taking DREAMers not only to Mexico City but their state of origin; the land where they were born”, said Artemio Arreola, President of Federación de Clubes Michoacanos en Illinois. “The 2016 Delegation will provide participants with the opportunity to learn first-hand about Mexico’s current socioeconomic and political context and cultural heritage.”
In July 2015, the USMF and IME took a delegation of 30 young Dreamers to Mexico. For 2016, the plan is to take between 75 and 100 Dreamers from the US to Mexico for a month-long stay from December 7th, 2016 to January 3rd, 2017.
For the 2016 Delegation, the USMF has brought together several organizations to work together in support of Dreamers without Borders. The USMF is for the first time partnering with the States of Guanajuato, Guerrero, Jalisco, Michoacán, and Puebla, several US based “Federaciones” and “Clubes de Oriundos” from these Mexican states, as well as with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights in addition to the IME.
“We are proud of the partnerships established for the 2016 delegation because they allow us to offer Dreamers 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, USMF President & CEO. “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.
Dreamers have until July 1st. to apply to participate in the Program. They need to fill out the application and present an essay or video, and a letter of recommendation. Applications without the essay and letter of recommendation will not be considered for participation.
To apply or to get more information, please visit: