In recent years, over 2 million Mexican immigrants in the United States have returned to Mexico, either through deportation or personal choice. Returning migrants face many challenges, from difficulties in getting Mexican authorities to accept US documents, to discrimination and issues of belonging and identity in a “home” they barely know and may not even remember. The fate of this population is a binational problem, which must be faced with binational cooperation and solutions.
Sharing their Stories
As a U.S.-based Foundation working to improve conditions in Mexico and increase the connections between our two countries to address issues of shared concern, the U.S.-Mexico Foundation is proud to be working on this issue. In 2014, the USMF provided funding to launch the first edition of “Los Otros Dreamers,” by Jill Anderson and Nin Solis; a book which brings together the stories of 26 young returned Dreamers. The book narrates the stories of the challenges, injustices, triumphs and potential of young Dreamers. It's a well-documented and beautifully written research piece which, combined with photographs, illustrates unique stories of struggle and success.
In order to share these stories and raise awareness of this key binational issue, the USMF has organized two binational book tours for "Los Otros Dreamers", alongside partners on both sides of the border, including Jill Anderson, Dreamers from both sides of the border, the Instituto de los Mexicanos en el Exterior (IME) and the Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores (SRE) from Mexico, through its network of Consulates in the U.S. and Southwest Airlines.
The Foundation is committed to leverage its binational connections to spark discussions and raise the visibility of this topic in both countries.
2015 Book Tour
- Dallas, TX
- Houston, TX
- Austin, TX
- Raleigh, NC
- San Diego, CA
- Sacramento, CA
- Los Angeles, CA
- Phoenix, AZ
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Book presentation in Sacramento, California Book presentation in Los Angeles, California
Book presentation in Phoenix, Arizona Book presentation in San Diego, California
2014 Book Tour
- Mexico City, Mexico
A capacity crowd of more than 200 people gathered at the Museo de la Ciudad de México on September 27th, 2014 for the Inagural Presentation of Los Otros Dreamers by Jill Anderson and Nin Solis. The book, funded in part by the USMF, brings together the stories of 26 young dreamers who, because of deportation or personal choice, find themselves back in Mexico. Los Otros Dreamers chronicles, through powerful testimonials and images, the struggles and challenges of this return, as well as the hope and potential of this young binational and bicultural. During the event, twenty of the young DREAMers featured in the book shared their stories with the audience. Following these testimonials, USMF Program Officer Mercedes Caso participated in a panel discussion with Professor Carlos Heredia, a migration scholar at the Centro de Investigación y Docencias Económicas (CIDE), Brisa Ceccon of Iniciativa Ciudadana and Jill Anderson, the book’s author, examining the broader issues raised by Los Otros Dreamers.
- Puebla, Mexico
- New York, NY
This past Tuesday, November 11th, the Los Otros Dreamers’ Binational Tour returned to New York for a presentation and discussion of the groundbreaking book at the CUNY’s Jaime Lucero Institute for Mexican Studies in New York City. In the event, Rebeca Vargas, President and CEO of the U.S.-Mexico Foundation joined Ambassador Sandra Fuentes-Berain, Consul General of Mexico in New York, Maru Ponce, of Dream in Mexico, Professor Daniel Fernandez, Acting Director of the Jaime Lucero Institute of Mexican Studies, and three of the institutes’ DREAMer scholars in a panel discussion of the book and the binational issues it raises. Maru Ponce, a young returned DREAMer who grew up in Queens, New York and whose story is featured in the book, opened the discussion by sharing her experience and the broader purpose of the book.
- Chicago, IL
- Tijuana, Mexico
- Newark, NJ
- San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico
- Washington, DC
On Friday, December 12th, 2014, the U.S.-Mexico Foundation (USMF) co-hosted the Washington, DC presentation of “Los Otros Dreamers, the Book” with Ambassador Eduardo Medina Mora, the ambassador of Mexico to the United States, in an event that brought together a full room of activists, government officials and civil society leaders focused on the topic of immigration. The book, by Jill Anderson and Nin Solis, is the first compilation of the stories of 26 young DREAMers and their lives after returning to Mexico. The stories highlight both the challenges and potential of this bilingual and bicultural generation on the move. The DC presentation, held at the Mexican Cultural Institute, was a part of the book’s bi-national tour led by USMF grantee, Dream in Mexico, which has introduced this urgent, but often unknown story to audiences in eight cities across the United States and Mexico. Among the distinguished attendees to Friday’s event were Leon Rodriguez, Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services; Robert Kaplan, President of the Inter-American Foundation; and USMF board members Luis Viada and former Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez.
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