WASHINGTON – Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen will travel to Mexico City, Mexico with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin on Friday, July 13th. While in Mexico, Secretary Nielsen will meet with President Enrique Pena Nieto, Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray Caso, Secretary of Governance Alfonso Navarrete Prida, and President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
During these meetings, Secretary Nielsen will reaffirm the necessity for regional governments, international organizations, and the private sector to share responsibility for Central American migrant flows and find options for these individuals to remain within or closer to their countries of origin. She will also discuss options for engagement with public and private sector partners throughout the region to increase prosperity and diminish migratory push factors in Central America. Further, she will highlight the need to aggressively continue joint efforts to combat dangerous transnational criminal organizations and drug smugglers.
The purpose of Secretary Nielsen’s meetings is to reaffirm the U.S. partnership with Mexico and discuss concrete joint actions the U.S. and Mexico can take to address transnational criminal organizations, drug smuggling, and irregular migration.
These meetings are part of Secretary Nielsen’s ongoing engagements with Mexican and Central American leaders regarding efforts to combat transnational criminal organizations, address the opioid epidemic, and stop illegal immigration. Secretary Nielsen is part of the delegation leading joint international efforts to address these issues.
This trip serves as a follow up to Secretary Nielsen’s July 10th meetings with Mexican and Central American ministers in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Secretary Nielsen looks forward to working closely with President-elect Lopez Obrador after his administration takes office later this year.
SOURCE: news provided by DHS.GOV