Mexico City, Mexico — The secretary of Social Development says that the new Program for Migrants has benefited more than 14 million Mexicans living in both the United States and Mexico.
During a working visit to the city of Los Angeles, the secretary of Social Development, Eviel Pérez Magaña, says that the Program for Migrants has strengthened the bond between Mexicans on both sides of the border.
He explained that the main characteristic of the program implemented by the Ministry of Social Development is the creation of a bi-national social capital that generates progress, equity and inclusion.
When meeting with representatives of Federations participating in th Program for Migrants, Pérez Magaña reported that “Throughout the administration of President Enrique Peña Nieto, more than 2.4 million peso of federal resources have been invested in the program, which, when supplemented with state and municipal contributions and that of the migrants themselves, resulted in almost 10,000 projects benefiting more than 14 million Mexicans.
“For this year, we have a budget of 468 million peso to create nearly 2,000 more projects,” he announced.
Pérez Magaña says that 3.5 million Mexicans and Mexican-Americans live in Los Angeles, and that 20 percent of the more than 2,600 associations and clubs registered in the directory of the Institute for Mexicans Abroad, are concentrated there.
He added that 23 states in Mexico have some kind of organization in the United States, and that California contributes a third of the remittances to Mexico that, in 2017, reached a record figure of $28.7 billion USD.
“The Program is an effective instrument to accompany the social investment of migrant organizations in their communities of origin and has become an international model of public policy to focus remittances towards the inclusive and sustainable development of territories with a strong migratory tradition,” he noted.
With an investment of 279 million peso, the Mexican state of Zacatecas became the second state in the Republic to receive that level of resources from the Program for Migrants during the current administration.”
He added that no state has fulfilled as many projects as Zacatecas in any given year, as they had in 2017 during the government of President Peña Nieto, “And today I have great news. Both the governor and the federations have agreed to invest 80 million peso to support the projects of the people.”