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López Obrador's Social Program To Be Implemented in the US

By Paloma Duran | Thu, 06/09/2022 - 12:08

Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard announced that President López Obrador's Youth Building the Future program will begin implementation in the US this week. Ebrard said that the implementation demonstrates that Mexico did not damage its relationship with the US due to the president's decision to not attend the Summit of the Americas.

Ebrard announced that this Friday he will meet with representatives of the Mexican community in California to start the program, which seeks to link young people that do not study nor work with companies, workshops and institutions. Through this approach, youths can develop skills relevant to the labor market and increase their chances of being hired in the future. Ebrard highlighted that during the first stage of the program, the Mexican government will allocate between MX$60 million (US$3 million) and MX$100 million (US$5.1 million).

Ebrard explained that the program is expected to expand to other states: “The goal will be to work in Los Angeles, California and throughout the state. Then, we will move to other states of the US. We will have to cover as many states as possible between 2022 and 2023, wherever the majority of the Mexican community is.” The minister stressed that in order to expand the program, a census of potential beneficiaries in the US will be carried out, in addition to promoting the participation and investment of Mexican companies in the program.

In addition, Ebrard said that California’s state government applauds that Mexico is getting more involved with its US-based compatriots. Moreover, he assured that relations between Mexico and the US continue to be very close, despite rumors that the president's absence an the Summit of the Americas would generate tension between both nations. “The bilateral relationship is positive and will continue to be so. López Obrador was recently invited by US President Joe Biden to visit the country in July. This shows that we are close allies.”

For months now, López Obrador has been promoting the implementation of his Youth Building Future and Sowing Life programs in Latin America, which seek to address the root causes of migration. Currently, these Mexican programs are benefiting 20,000 people in El Salvador, 40,000 in Honduras, 20,000 in Guatemala, 2,000 in Belize and 5,000 in Cuba.

There are more than 36 million Mexicans living in the US, citizens that have become Mexico’s main source of dollarized remittances. Last year, these remittances registered an all-time high of US$51.594 billion, 27.1 percent more than in 2020.

The data used in this article was sourced from:  
MBN, El Financiero, La Jornada, Proceso
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Paloma Duran Paloma Duran Journalist and Industry Analyst