Mexico’s chief diplomat on Monday urged Congress to pass a bill that would give permanent legal status to illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children.
Mexican Foreign Minster Luis Videgaray said his government hopes American lawmakers will reach an agreement on amnesty for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which the Trump administration intends to wind down by March 5.
“We strongly hope the U.S. Congress will act promptly to provide certainty and a permanent solution to these young people that want to stay in America,” he told reporters in Sacramento before meeting with about 25 DACA recipients, according to the Associated Press.
Videgaray was in California to meet with Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers in the state’s Latino Caucus about immigration issues. On the same day as the visit, Brown and California Democrats announced they had reached an agreement on a sanctuary state bill that limits cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities.
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