Mexico passed a bill Tuesday to fast track the recognition of deported peoples’ educational degrees, in preparation for a wave of migration from the United States.
The bill, introduced by President Enrique Peña Nieto, would also apply to refugees and internal migrants — “people in vulnerable situations” — who have trouble validating their high school and university degrees from abroad, reported La Reforma.
It passed almost unanimously, with one vote against it, and now moves on for further analysis and expert evaluation.
Previously, degrees and transcripts could only be validated from private institutions and select public ones. While more schools will be included and the process will be simplified, the bill especially targets “Dreamers,” or students who arrived in the U.S. at a young age through no choice of their own, reported The Hill.
The law would make it easier for eligible applicants to access higher education and jobs that require certain degrees, whether or not they have identification cards or other required papers.
Trump said Tuesday that “Dreamers” may be considered as eligible for a path to citizenship under his administration, an announcement that many still regard with caution.