Posted On 07 Sep 2017
The Government announced yesterday the implementation of a contingency plan for Ecuadorian migrants living in the United States before Donald Trump´s decision to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program implemented five years ago, during the administration of President Barack Obama.
The program protects about 800,000 undocumented migrants known as “dreamers,” of which 14,000 are Ecuadorians because they entered that country illegally when they were still children.
The fifteen consulates Ecuador has in the United States have been instructed and prepared to assist compatriots facing difficulties.
Foreign Minister María Fernanda Espinosa said that the plan consists of legal assistance for undocumented workers and their families during the processes to ensure the respect of human rights.
Espinosa assured than upon their arrival in Ecuador; they will be welcomed and provided with all the protection they need, as it has been done with Ecuadorians who have problems due to their immigration status, who are even in detention centers and who are subject to deportation. (I)