Mexican DREAMers asked to fill out survey used to advocate for Mexico’s recognition of US credits and degrees
GritoBlast! — While headlines about deporting DREAMers, undocumented children, mothers, and veterans grab the news these days, the fact is deportations have been an ongoing reality for many years, under every president. But what most people don’t know, or understand about being deported, is that a deportee can’t just pick up the pieces of their lives and resume living in a country where they have no real history.
For example, take education.
When a student moves from town to town or state to state in the US, he/she is able to enroll in school without skipping a heartbeat. Even college. Though a student may have to pay out-of-state tuition or retake classes, if those classes’ credits don’t transfer, college students don’t have to start from scratch in finishing their degrees in a new college.
Not so in Mexico.
U.S. deportees to Mexico report that Mexico doesn’t recognize their education. This has made deportees’ lives more frustrating, depressing and uncertain about their future.
A Mexican policy organization, Mundo Translated, founded by US deportee Nancy Landa, wants to help change how Mexico evaluates the education of current and future deportees. Already experiencing limited success in getting the Mexican government to make educational reforms on behalf of deportees, there’s more that needs to be done.
To help with further educational advocacy on behalf of deportees, Landa and her team have created a survey.
This survey is designed to understand the profiles of potential & current returnees and deportees so that our advocacy efforts can have an impact in reducing the barriers in educational mobility many face upon return. In order to facilitate our analysis, it would help us to identify the types of degrees and colleges that returnees and deportees in Mexico and undocumented students in the U.S. have completed or are currently enrolled in.
The survey is open to anyone of Mexican origin and who has completed/continued their studies beyond high school (colleges or universities) in the US and/or abroad.