WASHINGTON—U.S. Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner Kevin McAleenan and a Department of Homeland Security delegation traveled to Mexico City this week to meet with Mexican officials including Chief of Staff to the President of Mexico Carlos Perez Verdia and Secretariat of Foreign Relations Under Secretary for North American Carlos Sada, to discuss border security, trade enforcement, travel facilitation and immigration enforcement issues.
During his trip to Mexico City, Commissioner McAleenan met with U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Roberta Jacobson, the American Chamber of Commerce of Mexico and Mexican private sector representatives to discuss the importance of trade and travel for both countries’ economic security. The success of the Unified Cargo Processing pilot at the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales, Arizona was highlighted and praised for significantly reducing wait times for both U.S. and Mexican businesses. Commissioner McAleenan emphasized that partnerships with industry, government agencies and other governments is a key priority for CBP.
Commissioner McAleenan also met with officials from Mexico’s Secretariat of Government, Secretariat of Foreign Affairs, Secretariat of Finance and Public Credit, Secretariat of Navy, Secretariat of Defense and Mexico’s Attorney General Raul Cervantes Andrade to discuss options to increase DHS collaboration and coordination on various programs and initiatives tied to border security, trade facilitation and enforcement and migration management.
During his visit, Commissioner McAleenan had the opportunity to meet and express his gratitude to leadership of Mexico’s Naval Secretariat for their successful operation that captured the fourth suspect in the 2010 shooting of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.
The DHS delegation also met with the Chief of Mexico’s Tax Administration Service Osvaldo Santin Quiroz and Commissioner of Customs Ricardo Trevino Chapa to advance the development of Customs in the 21st century for both the United States and Mexico. More information about their meeting is available here.