SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – Utah and Mexico signed a agreement today to help protect the children of undocumented immigrants when dealing with the Department of Human Services and the Division of Child and Family Services.
‘The question here in the United States is that we’ve been having a lot of problems with the separation of families for obvious reasons, as you may know about, such as immigration issues,” said Mexican Head Consul Javier Romero.
Today’s signing of a memorandum with members of the DCFS and the Mexican Consulate means it will focus on strengthening custody cases of Mexican children living in the U.S.
“With all children that comes to DCFS we want to honor their culture, their history, their family and it’s the same for the children that are here that are Mexican citizens that we want to make sure that we are connecting them with their family and maintaining their history and providing an opportunity to place them with relatives if needed and that they do have a right to be represented by the Mexican Consulate,” said Tonya Myrup, Director of the Division of Child and Family Services.
This isn’t the first time such an agreement has been signed. Actually, it’s renewed annually, however this is the first time since 2011 that officials have up-dated the memorandum.
Romero says Mexico wants to ensure children are granted the protections they need should they be separated from their parents and placed in the DCFS custody, particularly when dealing with deportation cases.
“…to understand how the Mexican culture is and how these children can be protected legally to avoid those separations to ensure the primary goal is the family,” said Romero.