Readout of Acting Commissioner Kevin McAleenan’s Trip to Mexico City
WASHINGTON—U.S. Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner Kevin McAleenan traveled to Mexico City this week to meet with Mexican officials to further discussions on U.S.-Mexico efforts to enhance regional security, protect our shared border, and enforce trade and immigration laws which facilitate legitimate trade and travel.
In Mexico, Acting Commissioner McAleenan was invited to take part in a regional migration meeting hosted by Mexican National Migration Institute Commissioner Ardelio Vargas Fosado. Representatives from Mexico, Colombia, Panama and Canada discussed options for improving immigration control. Participating leadership reaffirmed the need to take a regional approach to migration, acknowledging border security and immigration actions impact all countries in the hemisphere.
Acting Commissioner McAleenan also met with a Mexican Federal Police (FP) leadership team to met to identify priority initiatives that will expand joint border security operations, improve cross-border communication, mature the institutional engagement, and better connect to the communities they serve.
McAleenan also met with Secretary of Navy Admiral Vidal Soberon Sanz, Director General of the Center of Investigations and National Security Eugenio Imaz Gispert, Commissioner of Customs Ricardo Treviño Chapa, and Undersecretary for North America Carlos Sada on a variety of security, trade, and travel issues.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.