The current US position on immigration and “Dreamers” has meant that thousands of young, Mexican-born undocumented immigrants are facing deportation. These young men and women have spent most of their childhood within the United States and speak primarily English, meaning that a return to their native homeland will create educational and career issues.
However, the BBC is reporting that Mexico’s public education ministry, known in America as SEP, has taken charge of the situation.
SEP, and the Mexican government, has a stated goal of making Mexico a bilingual country in 20 years. To do this, SEP is encouraging returning “Dreamers” to apply for positions as English-language teachers.
The English-language initiative has been upgraded over recent years, but a shortage of high-quality teachers has slowed the program down. The government hopes that with the arrival of the Dreamers, the program can get back on track.
However, the requirements laid out for teaching English in Mexico are rigid: candidates must have their US schooling, including their college degree, accredited by the government, pass a Spanish grammar test, and demonstrate a knowledge of Mexican history.
The government is also setting up alternatives for candidates who do not possess these qualifications. Dreamers can participate in the public education system through conversation clubs that are held after school or as teacher’s assistants.
Mexico is also ensuring that Dreamers get educational opportunities themselves; the government has recently set up educational programs for Dreamers who do not have adequate Spanish skills as well as enter the Mexican educational system, both at the secondary and university levels.