On May 5, 2016, the Cien Amigos Board of Directors met with Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu, Ambassador Carlos Manuel Sada Solana and Consul to Los Angeles Carlos Garcia de Alba to discuss ways to further strengthen U.S.-Mexico relations. 

Cien Amigos welcomed Secretary Ruiz Massieu with open arms and discussed a number of issues important to the Mexico-California relationship. In particular: 

  • Cien Amigos works to influence public policy and programs at the local, state and federal level that benefit our community and the binational relationship with Mexico, such as the Healthy Partners program of Sacramento county which offers health care coverage to approximately 2,000 undocumented residents in the county; and, the California DREAM Act, which allows undocumented students to enroll in public universities of California and pay in-state tuition. At the national level, Cien Amigos supports President Obama's Executive Orders on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA).
  • IME Becas - Since 2012, Cien Amigos, the Mexican Cultural Center of Northern California and the Mexican Consulate in Sacramento have teamed up to offer scholarships to hundreds of high school Seniors and college students in Northern California. To date, IME Becas have been offered to 859 students (a total of $527,000). 

And finally, Cien Amigos made a special request of Secretary Ruiz Massieu. We are hopeful that in 2017, IME (Instituto de los Mexicanos en el Exterior) may agree to contribute $150,000 toward IME Becas in Sacramento. 

To read the letter in its entirety, click here.

The Office of the Secretary of External Affairs also issued a press release about her visit to California's state capital, to read the release, click here.

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