The youth commission of the binational movement Fuerza Migrante successfully carried out its first virtual forum to discuss the rights and challenges of binational youth in Mexico-United States.
The topics discussed were: Undocumented, DACA youth, Binational Identity, naturalized migrants, returning migrants, citizens with dual nationality, links through education with youth in Mexico, civic participation, development of new leadership, electronic voting and linking migrants to their place of origin.
The speakers highlighted their experience based on their immigration status and the great challenge to achieve to organize and integrate naturally as binational leaders.
During the forum, the importance of having the Migrant Force platform to join efforts, promote actions, advance with goals and achieve short and long-term results was exposed.
Participants also warned about the anti-immigrant stance of the current administration, and the need to use better digital strategies and tools to boost and influence the vote of citizens.
They also agreed on the importance of achieving change and making efforts at the local level and at the same time constantly coordinating with the leaderships between states under a binational vision.
Young people called for political participation through voting and creating a close link between citizens and the two countries. They concluded that much work remains to be done to consider and take seriously a migrant agenda in Mexico and respect for the human rights of migrants in the United States.
Don Jaime Lucero, president of Fuerza Migrante welcomed them and highlighted the importance of promoting youth participation to achieve true representation of the migrant community at the binational level.
Participating in the forum were panelists: Letty Herrera, Coordinator of Youth Affairs of the Migrant Force, Deyvid Morales, President of Youth Affairs of the Migrant Force, Juventino Yitzhak Montiel, Minister of Migration Affairs of the Migrant Force, Saúl Ríos, Minister of Affairs of Youth of the Migrant Force, José Arturo Ramírez, advisor to the local Congress in the state of Zacatecas.
Representing the presidents of the Migrant Force commissions was Jesús Pérez, president of Education Affairs Affairs of the Migrant Force.
Presidents of the commissions of the binational council of Fuerza Migrante participated as observers.
The forum was moderated by Horacio Ontiveros, producer, presenter and co-founder of the All4Ness platform.