According to the Spanish-language daily, La Opinión, a delegation of representatives from Jalisco’s state legislature was moved into action by the death of a young Mexican student who may have taken his own life out of frustration with his immigration status.
Ana Bertha Guzmán Alatorre, a member of the delegation, said the scholarships are meant to support opportunities for young Mexican migrants in the United States.
“From Jalisco, we still worry about them and are working for them,” she said.
“We hope the governor of Jalisco will tell us how much more he would be willing to contribute,” said Olga Araceli Flores Gomez, another member of the delegation. ”We also want to involve the congresses of the 32 (Mexican) states to create scholarships for student migrants.”
Jalisco is one of the states in Mexico with the most people living in the United States. The delegation estimated that about 1.5 million Jalisco natives reside in California, many of whom have left because of the lack of opportunities in the state.