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MEXICO WELCOMES THE ADMINISTRATIVE MEASURES WHICH WILL BENEFIT MEXICANS IN THE UNITED STATES


 

The Government of Mexico, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, welcomes today’s announcement regarding a series of administrative measures on immigration by the United States Government. The measures have the potential to benefit a significant number of Mexicans in the country and increase their opportunities as well as help them live with greater dignity and certainty.

These measures will increase the already significant contributions that Mexicans make to the economy and society in the United States. At the same time, they respond to the multiple needs expressed by communities and will provide greater certainty and safety to families. The announcement includes the expansion of the Deferred Action Program for Childhood Arrivals (DACA); the establishment of a new deferred action program for parents of US citizens or legal permanent residents; the elimination and substitution of the Secure Communities program; as well as initiatives to promote immigrant integration and US citizenship; among others. Regarding border security measures, the Government of Mexico will closely monitor their implementation with respect to the safety and human rights of migrants.

It is important to underscore that the measures will take different periods of time to be implemented. In the meantime, there is no application process or payment that will allow individuals to benefit from the measures.

The Government of Mexico calls on the Mexican community in the United States to inform themselves regarding the content of the announcement through official sources of information such as our network of 50 consulates in this country and their tools of communication: the consular sites; the Center for Information and Assistance for Mexicans (CIAM), which operates daily (1 855 463 6395); our free smartphone app "MiConsulmex"; official social network accounts; and radio and television programs featuring consular personnel.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through the Embassy of Mexico in the United States and our consular network, will closely follow the implementation of these measures in order to provide updated information to the Mexican community. We will also continue offering consular assistance and protection to all Mexicans, regardless of their migratory status.

I NEVER HAD THE CHANCE TO ASK HIM, BUT I AM SURE THAT GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ LOVED THE DAY OF THE DEAD. THE CENTRAL ELEMENTS OF THE TRADITION –A PROFUSION OF FLOWERS, A JOYFUL MELANCHOLY, AND THE NOTION THAT THE PAST IS ALWAYS PRESENT- ARE ALL DEEPLY MARQUESIAN. OR IS IT PERHAPS THE OTHER WAY AROUND?

SHOULD WE RATHER SAY THAT MARQUEZ HIMSELF WAS DEEPLY MEXICAN?

THE FACT THAT WE CAN EVEN ASK THESE QUESTIONS SPEAKS TO HOW HIS BOOKS TRANSCEND NATIONAL BORDERS, AND CAPTURE NOT JUST HIS HOMELAND, BUT ALSO THE WHOLE OF LATIN AMERICA.  GABO, AS EVERYBODY CALLED HIM, WAS COLOMBIAN, BUT HE LIVED AND WORKED IN MEXICO FOR MANY YEARS. HE CAME TO LOVE OUR COUNTRY ALMOST AS MUCH AS WE LOVE HIM, SO MUCH SO THAT WE CONSIDER HIM ONE OF OUR OWN. FOR THIS REASON, WE HONOR HIM ON THIS MOST MEXICAN OF NIGHTS.

BUT BEFORE I GO ON TO TELL YOU MORE ABOUT HOW WE ARE HONORING GABO, I SHOULD SAY A FEW WORDS ABOUT WHY TONIGHT IS DIFFERENT FROM EVERY OTHER NIGHT.  IF THERE IS A TRADITION THAT ENCAPSUALTES MEXICO, IT IS THE DAY OF THE DEAD.  IT IS THE PRODUCT OF SYNCRETISM BETWEEN SPANISH CATHOLISISM AND THE RELIGIONS OF INDIGENOUS MEXICANS. ON ONE NIGHT OF THE YEAR, THE BELIEF GOES, THE DEAD ARE ALLOWED TO RETURN TO EARTH AND SPEND A NIGHT WITH THOSE THEY LEFT BEHIND. IT DOESN’T MATTER WHETHER THE DEAD LED RIGHTEOUS OR SINFUL LIVES, IF THEY WERE RICH OR POOR, OR IF THEY WERE MEXICAN OR NOT: THE INVITATION TO VISIT THE WORLD OF THE LIVING IS UNIVERSAL. IT FALLS TO THOSE OF US STILL HERE TO MAKE SURE THAT THE DEAD FEEL WELCOME.

FOR THIS REASON, FAMILIES ACROSS MEXICO SPEND THE LAST WEEKS OF OCTOBER PREPARING OFFERINGS - ELABORATE DISPLAYS TO GUIDE THE DEAD TO PARTIES IN THEIR HONOR.


EVERY TOWN DOES IT DIFFERENTLY, BUT THE CENTRAL ELEMENTS OF THESE OFFERINGS REMAIN MORE OR LESS CONSTANT.  THERE MUST BE A PICTURE OF THE DECEASED, SO THAT SHE OR HE KNOWS THEY ARE INVITED. THERE MUST BE FOOD AND DRINK, PREFERABLY THE KIND THE DEARLY DEPARTED LOVED THE MOST. THERE MUST BE CANDLES AND INCENSE, TO CREATE AN ATMOSPHERE OF HOLINESS. THERE MUST BE COLOFUL PAPER CUT-OUTS AS IN ANY PARTY. THERE MUST BE SALT, SO THAT THE DEAD PERSON MAY PAY FOR THE FERRY BACK TO THE NETHERWORLD.

AND ABOVE ALL, THERE MUST BE FLOWERS, AS MANY OF THEM AS POSSIBLE. SPECIFICALLY, THERE MUST BE ORANGE MARIGOLDS - OR CEMPATZUCHITL, AS THEY ARE KNOWN IN NAHUATL, THE MOST WIDELY SPOKEN INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE OF MEXICO.

ON DAYS AND WEEK LEADING TO THE DAY OF THE DEAD, THE CEMENTERIES OF MEXICO BECOME A SEA OF BRIGHTLY COLORED FLOWERS. THEIR PERFUME FILLS THE AIR; THEIR PETALS STAIN THE FINGERS. WHERE, I WONDER, HAVE WE READ ABOUT A SIMILAR SCENE?

I LIKE TO THINK THAT IF MACONDO HAD BEEN A MEXICAN TOWN RATHER THAN A COLOMBIAN ONE, THE DAY OF THE DEAD WOULD HAVE BEEN THE BIGGEST CELEBRATION OF THE YEAR. AFTER ALL, THE SETTING OF ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE IS ALREADY FULL OF FLOWERS AND MEMORIES. AND SO, FOR OUR OFFERING TO GABO, WE HAVE DECIDED TO IMAGINE WHAT MACONDO’S CEMENTERY WOULD HAVE LOOKED LIKE IF ITS INHABITANTS HAD CELEBRATED OUR TRADITION.  THE CHARACTERS THAT HAVE COME BACK TO VISIT US APPEARED NOT JUST IN ONE HUNDRED YEARS, BUT ALSO IN MANY OF GABO’S NOVELS. WE ARE HONORED BY THE PRESENCE OF DISTIGUISHED MEMBERS OF THE BUENDIA FAMILY, OF COURSE - BUT ALSO OF FLORENTINO ARIZA AND FERMINA DAZA, THE PATIENT LOVERS FROM THE TIME OF CHOLERA. BOLIVAR, THE REVOLUTIONARY HERO THAT ISNPIRED THE AUTUM OF THE PATRIARCH, IS ALSO WITH US, AS WELL AS SOME OTHERS.

IN A SEPARATED OFFERING, WE HAVE IMAGINED THE PARTY THAT GABO’ S MANY FRIENDS AND COLEGUES - CARLOS FUENTES, JULIO CORTAZAR, JORGE LUIS BORGES,  VIRGINIA WOLF, FAULKNER AND MIGUEL DE CERVANTES, AMONG MANY OTHERS - MUST HAVE THROWN TO WELCOME HIM INTO THE OTHER WORLD.  IT TRULY MUST HAVE BEEN QUITE THE PARTY, AND I CAN ONLY HOPE THAT OURS WILL BE HALF AS GOOD.

I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO JOIN US IN THIS MOST SPECIAL OF NIGHTS, TO CELEBRATE MEXICO THROUGH ONE OF ITS GREATEST HONORARY CITIZENS. THE LOSS OF GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ EARLIER THIS YEAR SADDENED US ALL, BUT IN MEXICO WE BELIEVE THAT DEATH IS NOT A REASON FOR SORROW. RATHER, IT IS A REMINDER OF HOW MARVELOUS LIFE IS – OF HOW IT IS TO BREAK BREAD WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY, OF HOW WONDEFUL IT IS TO COME HOME. DEATH, FOR US, IS NOT EVEN THE END, BUT TEMPORARY PARTING. SO LET US MOURN GABO LIKE HE WOULD HAVE LIKED US TO –WITH LAUGHTER AND PARTY. BECAUSE TONIGHT, AND EVERY NIGHT, GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ IS WITH US.

On behalf of the Government of Mexico, Ambassador Eduardo Medina Mora awarded the “Order of the Aztec Eagle” to William E. Frenzel and William M. Daley for their efforts and effective leadership during the negotiations of the North American Free Tarde Agreement (NAFTA).

During the event at the Mexican Cultural Institute, Ambassador Medina Mora remembered “the dedication, decisive commitment and non-partisan leadership that both public servants showed during their work, allowing them to impact the quality of life of millions of Mexican and American citizens”.

The award given to former Republican congressman from Minnesota, Bill Frenzel, recognizes his knowledge of domestic economic issues in the United States and international commerce, as well as the credibility with which he carried out his duties as the party spokesman on economic issues in the House of Representatives Budget Committee and as United States Congressional Representative in the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), both of which were critical to achieve the necessary support among his Republican colleagues. Upon receiving the recognition, Frenzel said that the Agreement “reminds us that things go much better for us when we work together rather than separately”.

For his part, Mr. William M. Daley was recognized for his role as the “NAFTA Czar”, a title give to him by former President Bill Clinton in 1993 when he was entrusted with producing the political success of the Agreement. In his remarks, Mr. Daley noted the contributions of the NAFTA to his city and community, saying “Mexican and American citizens are living together and we are very fortunate for everything Mexico has done for the United States, and this Agreement solidified that and made the United States and North America the envy of the world in many ways, not just in economic terms”.

Finally, Ambassador Medina Mora reaffirmed Mexico’s commitment to follow the example set by the Agreement to further strengthen the economic integration of our two countries for the mutual benefit of citizens in both countries.

The Order of the Aztec Eagle is the highest distinction Mexico awards to foreign nationals, and is given out in recognition of exemplary service to the Mexican nation or to humanity.

The governments of Mexico and the United States, together with Banco Santander and Universia, launched a binational web portal on academic mobility called Mobilitas. This effort is one of the agreements reached during the workshops of the Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation and Research (FOBESII) which have taken place since this past January.

Mobilitas will offer students from both countries information on institutes of higher education and their educational opportunities and plans of study, all of which are available at the following link: http://mobilitasedu.net/

Participants in the launch ceremony included the Undersecretary for North America, Sergio M. Alcocer; the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Anthony Wayne; the Executive President of Grupo Santander México, Marcos Martínez Gavica; and the Dean of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), José Narro Robles.

During his participation in the event, Undersecretary Alcocer pointed out that the “binational web portal for academic mobility, Mobilitas, responds to an important need to promote and distribute information on educational opportunities in the two countries. Though we are neighbors and collaborate in many areas, there was still a need for a site that unites and presents, in two languages, the wide array of opportunities that Mexico and the United States offer in order to inspire students to participate in bilateral academic exchanges”.

For his part, Ambassador Wayne highlighted that “Mobilitas represents advances between partners and cross-border mobility. I think we can all be proud of the movement that has brought us together today and will continue to move us forward in the future”.

Marcos Martínez Gavica stated that “through efforts and initiatives like Mobilitas, Banco Santander, Universia and Santander Universidades will continue working to support our universities, our students and our society.  The binational web portal, without a doubt, adds enormous value in the developing internationalized university students”.

Mobilitas joins other advances toward the goals of FOBESII, particularly Project 100,000, in mobility that have translated in short visits to study English with the support of SEP, CONACYT, Universia, CANIETI and Fundación Televisa, among others.

As part of this effort, Banco Santander announced an extraordinary donation to finance study abroad programs in the United States for more than four thousand students of the UNAM to study English, allowing them to perfect their knowledge and practice of the language. This type of support is also in line with the goals and actions of FOBESII.

The Secretary of Foreign Affairs, José Antonio Meade Kuribreña, welcomed a group of 40 young Dreamers who are visiting Mexico. This group is a part of the 449, 921 young people who live in the United States and have benefitted from a program that allows them to work and travel called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

This is the first time that these young people have been able to travel outside the United States. The Foreign Ministry organized the visit from September 29th through October 4th in collaboration with the governments of the State of Mexico and Mexico City, as well as with the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). The visit includes cultural and academic activities, as well as exchanges with students.

The Dreamers in this first group visiting our country were proposed by the embassy and the consulates of Mexico in the United States for their activism and community leadership. It is a diverse group of 23 women and 17 men, originally from different states in Mexico (Nuevo León, Puebla, Michoacán, Distrito Federal, Chihuahua, Zacatecas, Durango, Jalisco, Colima, Sonora and Sinaloa).

They live in different places in the United States and have diverse interests and profiles. They belong to a new generation of Mexican immigrants who are recognized as leaders committed to promoting the well-being of their communities, and they are authentic agents of change.

During the meeting, Secretary Meade recognized the valuable attitude of the Dreamers and the generosity and power of their voices in support of comprehensive immigration reform. He reiterated the commitment of the Mexican government to continue working through its consular network to help more young people benefit from programs like DACA.

Finally, he invited them to take advantage of this trip to get to know Mexico once more and take back an updated vision of the country they left as children. He also asked them to exercise positive leadership in the relationship between Mexico and the United States, because the empowerment of this generation will depend on a wider and greater connection.

The Mexican consular network in the United States held the Sixth Labor Rights Week (LRW) from August 25 through September 1, which is Labor Day in the United States. This initiative, coordinated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE), is one of the largest events in the area of preventive protection for migrant workers.

The theme of the 2014 edition of LRW was “We all have workplace rights”. During the week, the 50 Mexican consulates in the United States assisted more than 40 thousand people at around 800 informational events organized in coordination with federal agencies of the Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), state labor agencies, labor unions and non-governmental organizations. Consular representations from other countries also participated.

To improve assistance for Mexican workers in the United States, the Embassy of Mexico signed a memorandum of understanding with the EEOC. Additionally, consulates signed 20 collaboration agreements with participating organizations and agencies: 14 with federal agencies, one with a state agency and five with non-governmental organizations.

During LRW, for the first time, delegations from the SRE, together with the Secretary of Labor and Social Welfare (STPS) and organizations from civil society, held activities in Sinaloa, Veracruz, Guanajuato, Michoacán and Zacatecas, where they provided information on rights individuals soliciting H2 temporary visas have during the recruitment process, and their rights in the United States.

Thanks to this outreach effort, 826 cases in need of protection have been identified and are being offered consular assistance.

LRW seeks to improve worker awareness, especially among Mexicans, of their rights in the workplace. In this edition, we particularly sought to inform those workers who have entered the labor market after obtaining a work permit after acquiring a U or T visa through the DACA program, and those temporary workers with H2 visas.

The Government of Mexico renews its commitment to keep Mexican workers informed and offer consular assistance in cases where it is required.

The Government of Mexico deeply rejects and condemns the deployment of troops from the Texas National Guard to the border, announced today by the office of the governor of that state, Rick Perry.

Mexico underscores that it is irresponsible to manipulate border security for political reasons. We insist that the phenomenon of migration should be managed from a holistic and regional perspective through a medium term vision with shared responsibility which guarantees peace, inclusion and prosperity in the region.

The unilateral measure taken by the government of Texas is undoubtedly mistaken and does not contribute to the efforts in which our two countries are engaged to build a safe border and create a solution to the phenomenon of migration.  The measure will not lead to greater understanding between our societies, and it stands in opposition to the values and principles by which Mexico and the United States govern our bilateral relationship.

Today, during the visit of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s visit to Mexico, a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation on Human Capital, Education and Research was signed between Mexico and New Jersey to promote academic collaboration and increase mobility and exchanges of students, researchers and educators in the state.

The memorandum was signed by Governor Chris Christie; the Undersecretary for North American Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE), Sergio M. Alcocer; the Undersecretary for Higher Education of the Ministry of Education (SEP), Fernando Serrano Migallón; and by the Deputy Director of Post-graduate studies and Scholarships of the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT), Dolores Sánchez Soler.

During the signing ceremony, the attendees highlighted the actions of the New Jersey government to encourage innovation and research, and promote ties in higher education. They emphasized the importance of strengthening economic and commercial ties to develop more competitive human capital that aids economic growth in both countries.

Undersecretary Alcocer mentioned the broad economic ties between New Jersey and Mexico, which place Mexico as the second most important destination for the state’s exports.

Additionally, he recognized the implementation of the “New Jersey Dream Act”, which was approved by the state legislature and signed by governor Christie in 2013. Through the law, undocumented students that reside in the state and comply with certain requirements pay in-state tuition in public universities in the state.

He also underscored that the signing of the memorandum builds on the goals of the Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation and Research (FOBESII), as well as Mexico’s Project 100,000 which seek to substantially increase academic mobility and strengthen binational networks of knowledge between both countries.

This memorandum is the second of its kind between the Government of Mexico and a state of the United States under FOBESII, officially launched in May 2014.

 

The Ambassador of Mexico to the United States, Eduardo Medina Mora, signed a memorandum of understanding today with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE). The goal of the agreement is to develop joint activities to inform Mexicans in the United States of their rights to equal employment opportunities and non-discrimination in the workplace.

The EEOC was represented by its president, Jacqueline A. Berrien. This project complements a series of agreements signed by the Government of Mexico with U.S. federal labor agencies to promote and defend the labor rights of Mexican workers, regardless of their migration status.

The signing came during the Sixth Labor Rights Week, which is taking place from August 25th to September 1st under the theme “We all have workplace rights” .

The Government of Mexico, through its network of 50 consulates in the United States, organized community information sessions together with the Department of Labor and its specialized agencies.

This new agreement has been added to the more than 170 existing agreements on labor issues with federal and state agencies, and will allow Mexico to strengthen its consular protection mission.  The Government of Mexico reaffirms its unbreakable commitment to defend and promote the rights of all Mexicans abroad.

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President Enrique Peña Nieto will visit the cities of Los Angeles and Sacramento, California, on August 25th and 26th, in order to strengthen ties between Mexico and California state officials, renew Mexico's commitment to Mexican communities abroad, and promote business opportunities.

During his stay, he will meet with members of the Mexican community in the United States, with the Governor of California, Edmund G. Brown, businessmen and representatives from civil society. The President will also deliver remarks to the state legislature in a formal gathering of both chambers of the state congress.

The president will be accompanied during his trip by Foreign Secretary José Antonio Meade Kuribreña; the Secretary for the Environment and Natural Resources, Juan José Guerra Abud; Economic Secretary, Ildefonso Guajardo Villareal; Tourism Secretary, Claudia Ruiz Massieu Salinas, and the Undersecretary for North America, Sergio Alcocer, as well as the Mexican Ambassador to the United States, Eduardo Medina Mora.

The president’s visit is part of a new stage of cooperation with California that has developed as a result of a recent series of meetings between officials from Mexico and California at different levels on both sides of the border.

According to official US statistics, more than 11 million people in California are were either born in Mexico or are of Mexican origin. Our Country is California’s largest trading partner.

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The Ministry of Foreign Relations (SRE) announced the First University Meeting on Foreign Policy on Tuesday. The meeting will be held on November 18 at the Foreign Ministry and will create a space for dialogue and analysis of international topics between students and specialists in the field.

In the official presentation of the event, the Undersecretary for North American Affairs, Sergio Alcocer Martínez de Castro, affirmed that this meeting “seeks to establish a dialogue between students interested in international relations, academics and the Foreign Ministry”.

The theme of the forum is Young Ideas for a Global Mexico”, and it will take shape in eight interactive roundtables which will permit the analysis of topics like inclusive global development, Mexicans living abroad, new diplomatic trends, international cooperation for development, platforms for international law, integration mechanisms in Latin America, and educational cooperation between Mexico and the United States in a global context.

 

This past Friday, August 15th, marked two years since the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program entered into force.  In that time, the Embassy of Mexico and the network of 50 consulates in the United States have undertaken the job of attending to the needs of young Mexicans who met requirements allowing them to obtain benefits from the program.

The permanent campaigns of outreach and guidance have helped 427,653 Mexicans benefit from the program since it was begun, making Mexico both the country of origin with the highest percentage of citizens benefitting from DACA and the country with the highest acceptance rate.

Consular activities have included information activities and legal guidance, opportune response times sensitive to the volume and particular documentation needs as well as the strengthening of relationships with community organizations and US authorities.  We have utilized social networks and new technologies like the free “MiConsulmex” consular services app, to inform and empower our community.

Through this past July, the consular network had organized more than four thousand activities including information sessions, workshops, legal clinics and education fairs. Additionally, extended workdays were scheduled to provide support to so-called dreamers and their needs for passports or consular ID cards.

In two years the consular network has offered information to more than 300,000 young Mexicans and has individually helped 56,000 of them obtain DACA IDs.

This shared effort with national, regional and local groups of dreamers, organizations providing legal services and other members of the Mexican community abroad has facilitated the development of strong ties between the consular network and Young Mexicans in the United States, which has helped constantly renew our consular efforts and update best practices that will benefit the greatest number of our citizens.

This work has also detonated greater outreach between the government of Mexico and this generation of young people which has resulted in the strengthening new leaders, stronger ties between young Mexicans in the United States and their home country and the creation of collaboration models which benefit the community.

According to the survey “In Their Own Words: A Nationwide Survey of Undocumented Millennials”, 70% of the young people who have received DACA benefits found or changed jobs. The participation of these young people in the labor market has strengthened their contributions to the development of their communities of residence. 51% have been able to increase their earnings and help provide for their families.

The Foreign Ministry (SRE), the Embassy of Mexico and the consular network, reaffirm their commitment to continue supporting young Mexicans who have already benefitted from this program and are in the process of renovation. Accordingly, we will continue to inform possible beneficiaries of this program who have still not applied.

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Through a unity of purpose, we overcame decades of immobility in months:


President Enrique Peña Nieto

While enacting the secondary legislation of Energy Reform, President Enrique Peña Nieto stated that “thanks to a unity of purpose, we overcame decades of immobility in months; the barriers that have prevented Mexico from growing in an accelerated and sustained manner have been knocked down.”

During the event, held in the Main Courtyard of the National Palace, once the legislative process was completed the president declared that, “we reaffirm that this Energy Reform preserves and assures the nation’s ownership of Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), the Comisión Federal de Electricidad —Federal Electricity Commission (CFE)—, hydrocarbons in subsoil and oil revenue.

He noted that “with this Reform we can extract deep-water oil and more effectively use our great shale deposits to obtain gas that allows us to generate electricity at a lower cost. The country will reduce its dependency on foreign supplies and will guarantee its energy security”.

After acknowledging federal lawmakers for “their splendid job in achieving and making this important reform a reality,” President Peña Nieto said that these changes will translate into concrete benefits for families, both in the city and the countryside, as well as for businesses, especially small and medium enterprises.

President Enrique Peña Nieto reaffirmed that “the Energy Reform is also a green reform because it promotes the use of cleaner fuels such as gas, which pollutes 70 percent less than oil. It will also allow the production of energy based on renewable sources like solar, wind power, and geothermal energy.”

The head of the executive branch emphasized that “this is the moment to put Energy Reform into action so the majority of Mexico can receive the benefits this landmark reform brings”. Consequently, he announced ten concrete actions, in the short and medium terms, to achieve this goal.

WITH ENERGY REFORM, THE PRESIDENT AND CONGRESS HAVE WIDENED THE PATH TO THE FUTURE: PEDRO JOAQUÍN COLDWELL

Secretary of Energy Pedro Joaquín Coldwell expressed that “with Energy Reform, the President and Congress have widened the path to the future.” He also claimed that with the enactment of the Secondary Legislation of the Energy Reform, “this day is a watershed, a before and an after in the energy paradigm experienced for the past decades.

"A change in the way in which we relate our national identity to energy, which will now correspond to the realities of the twenty-first century, and the environment in which the Mexicans of this generation develop," he said.

The Secretary of Energy said both the CFE and PEMEX would be strengthened as they no longer function as decentralized public bodies and now become 100 per cent State-owned productive enterprises, seeking to become strong, sound, and competitive public companies.

He noted that Energy Reform will generate major transformations in two aspects; first, that the hydrocarbon industry has the capital and technology to access deep-water and unconventional resources, and second, that the electric industry will operate through an energy market involving public and private companies participating on equal terms.

ENERGY REFORM IS A PROFOUND CHANGE IN OUR NATIONAL ENERGY AND PUBLIC FINANCE INSTITUTIONS: Luis Videgaray Caso

Secretary of Finance and Public Credit, Luis Videgaray Caso noted that the Energy Reform "is a profound change in the relationship between our energy and National Treasury. It is a radical reform of the tax treatment of oil, gas, and electricity. "

He highlighted three key aspects in fiscal and budgetary fields, arising from the Energy Reform:

First. The financial strengthening of PEMEX and the CFE. The aim is to strengthen PEMEX in the face of the competition it will encounter, as well as the CFE in the creation of a new electricity market.

Second. Oil revenues and income for the Mexican State. Energy Reform, "in addition to generating, among other benefits, more investment, more jobs and providing reliable and cheaper power supply, will allow us to resume growth in the production platform."

Third. The creation of the Mexican Petroleum Fund, "which will aim to ensure that present and future generations of Mexicans, who are the owners of the oil revenue, receive the income for the good of the country. This Fund was constituted as a trust in the Bank of Mexico with a majority of independent counsellors”, he said.

ENERGY REFORM OPENS GREAT POSSIBILITIES TO MEXICO AND TRANSFORMS THE ENTIRE SECTOR IN DEPTH: GUSTAVO MADERO

The president of the National Executive Committee of the Partido Acción Nacional, Gustavo Madero Muñoz, said: "The Energy Reform enacted today opens great possibilities for Mexico; opportunities that had been denied for decades”. The reform transforms the entire energy sector to compete globally, improving the quality and price of products and services, increasing investment and job creation.

"It is a paradigmatic reform in its form and content, and in a particular way it opens a new era for the energy sector, and for our entire country,” he said.

The reform ensures national sovereignty over the ownership of hydrocarbons; opens the sector to private investment under models that maximize oil revenue; modernizes and strengthens PEMEX and the CFE as productive state enterprises with full autonomy; creates a competitive and efficient energy market, and defined strong and clear regulatory bodies.

"These are the tools that our country needed for years for the energy market, they will benefit all Mexicans," he said.

ENERGY REFORM IS HISTORIC IN ORIGIN AND SIGNIFICANCE: CÉSAR CAMACHO

The president of the National Executive Committee of the Partido Revolucionario Institucional, César Camacho Quiroz, emphasized that the Energy Reform is historic in origin and significance and will be transformative for the country.

“This is a social vocation reform because the State will not only maintain ownership of hydrocarbons, but reaffirm its control in strategic areas, ensuring that oil wealth will lead to prosperity for all”, he said.

The reform will deliver transcendental changes to ensure that Mexican companies have sufficient fuel at prices that make them competitive, and allow them to have greater resources that benefit the most vulnerable populations with the support of social, education and development programs.

"The economy will be strengthened. Our production platform will be modernized and more environmentally friendly. Our energy sovereignty is consolidated in a climate of transparency”, he said.

 

 

Representantives from the governments of Mexico and the United States held the first meeting on policies and practices for the use of force at the border by U.S. Border Patrol and Customs agents at Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Relations (SRE).

The meeting was a result of an agreement between both countries during Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson's visit to Mexico in March in which Secretary Johnson, President  Enrique Peña Nieto, and Foreign Secretary  José Antonio Meade agreed to extend and continue the dialogue in order to prevent violence at the border.

Mexico and the United States held the second meeting of the Executive Repatriation Policy Steering Group in Mexico City to follow up on bilateral issues related to repatriation processes of Mexicans and guarantee their safe, orderly and respectful return. The President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, and the President of the United States, Barack Obama, agreed to create the group during their meeting last February.

During the session, delegations from both countries instructed their respective agencies and offices to conduct repatriations at twelve different points where infrastructure and assistance programs are in place to receive Mexicans upon their return. Additionally, they agreed to carry out repatriations primarily during daylight hours. They also resolved to continue exploring best practices that allow for improvements in managing the belongings of repatriated Mexican nationals. Finally, both delegations shared information on the processes and actions they have implemented to attend to unaccompanied children and adolescents.

The Mexican delegation was led by the Undersecretary for Migration, Population and Migratory Affairs of the Ministry of the Interior, Mercedes del Carmen Guillén Vicente; the Undersecretary for North American Affairs, Sergio Alcocer Martínez de Castro; and the Ambassador of Mexico to the United States, Eduardo Medina Mora. The U.S. delegation included the Assistant Secretary of International Affairs, Alan Bersin; and the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Gil Kerlikowske, both from the Department of Homeland Security.

The results of this second high-level meeting represent a significant advance in priority issues for both countries and reaffirm the commitment of both governments to carry out repatriations in a coordinated manner that safeguards security and respects the human rights of Mexicans returning to Mexico.

 

During the second day of his work visit to California, the Secretary of Foreign Relations, José Antonio Meade Kuribreña, met with Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday. In the meeting, they reviewed the bilateral agenda just ahead of the California governor's scheduled visit to Mexico on July 27th through July 30th.

Both officials highlighted the broad ties that unite Mexico and California, and discussed possible cooperation mechanisms that might help increase the benefits of those ties in both of their respective societies.  They underscored opportunities for collaboration on education, the environment, trade and investment, tourism, energy and border infrastructure.

Prior to his meeting with Governor Brown, Secretary Meade met with the “Cien Amigos” organization at the Consulate General of Mexico in Sacramento to recognize their efforts to make the important contributions of the Mexican community in the United States better known.

During his time in California, Secretary Meade also visited farm workers in San Joaquin County and reiterated the commitment of the Government of Mexico to Mexican communities abroad. He pointed out that the Mexican consular network, both in California and the entire U.S., engages in actions to promote respect for workers’ rights, regardless of their migratory status.

In a speech at the Chamber of Commerce, Meade emphasized the strong economic and commercial ties that bind Mexico and California and the new global role for Mexico under the administration of President Peña Nieto.

In a meeting with California state legislators, Secretary Meade recognized the work of local and state legislators in presenting initiatives on education, health, transportation and employment that have had a positive impact on the lives of immigrants in the state.

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During the first day of his visit to California, Foreign Secretary José Antonio Meade Kuribreña held a series of meetings with local officials, academic circles, Mexican students and community representatives.

In his meeting with the mayor of San Francisco, Edwin M. Lee, Secretary Meade underscored the values and ties that unite California and México, and the role that the mayor is playing in the strategy to strengthen ties between Mexico and his state.

Meade pointed out the Mexican government’s interest in strengthening relations with the region through increased economic interaction and new cooperation mechanisms in education and innovation.

This Tuesday in the Ministry of Foreign Relations (SRE), the International Seminar to Share Experiences in Attending to Unaccompanied Minors was held. Participants included consular authorities from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico as well as the International Organization for Migration, UNICEF, The International Committee of the Red Cross and representatives from the United States.

During the event, the Secretary of Foreign Relations, José Antonio Meade Kuribreña, underscored the importance that the Government of Mexico work to assist Mexicans abroad, particularly unaccompanied children and adolescent migrants, through Mexico’s extensive consular network throughout the world.

The Secretary of Foreign Affairs, José Antonio Meade Kuribreña, will pay a work visit to the cities of San Francisco and Sacramento on July 22 and 23, in order to strengthen political, economic, cultural and community ties.


During the two days, Secretary Meade will meet with the governor of California, Jerry Brown, with state legislators, and local officials. He will also hold meetings with academics, university officials, and businessmen from the technology sector, as well as with Mexican students participating in bilateral programs to promote the development of human capital by way of international exchange and programs in research and innovation.


Additionally, the Secretary will meet with leaders of the Mexican community in San Francisco and Sacramento and with agricultural workers in California. These activities demonstrate the commitment of the Mexican Government to Mexican communities abroad and celebrate their contributions to the two societies to whom they belong.

 

The Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) and the National Council for Culture and the Arts (Conaculta) announced that the “MEX I AM: live it to believe it” Mexican Intercultural Festival will be held in San Francisco, California from July 31 through August 5.

The announcement was made by the Undersecretary for North American Affairs, Sergio Alcocer Martínez de Castro; the Consul of Mexico in San Francisco, Andrés Roemer; and the President of Conaculta, Rafael Tovar y de Teresa, who said that this Festival is part of a government policy to bring Mexican culture to different countries, recalling that during 2013, 500 cultural displays were held, showing the noblest side of the country.

The artistic and cultural show will include the participation of some of the most emblematic artists of Mexico in diverse genres and trends, as well as gatherings of Mexicans renowned at the global level in their fields.

The festival will take place at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater and The Contemporary Jewish Museum, with both venues located in the cultural district of the center of San Francisco.

MEX I AM will bring an important representation of Mexican art and culture to the American community.

June 5, 2014

 

The Embassy of Mexico in the United States recognizes the announcement by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regarding the renewal of the "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals" (DACA) program.  More than 400 thousand Mexicans have benefitted from the program and it acknowledges the many contributions they make to the economy and society of the United States.

Mexican consulates in the U.S. will provide assistance to those renewing DACA as well as to those who are applying for the first time. It is important that the beneficiaries of this program request renewal within the allotted time period established by U.S. authorities.

The Embassy calls upon our community to keep themselves informed on this process through official channels of the U. S. Government and the consulates of Mexico in the United States in order to avoid fraud and abuse.  The Centro de Información sobre Actualidad Migratoria is available to offer updated information on this process and related consular activities. The phone number is 1-855-463-6395. Additionally, the content of the free of cost app “MiConsulmex” will be updated, as well as other information available through our consular network.

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Accompanied by Sandra Fuentes Berain, Consul General of Mexico in New York, and Rafael Moreno Valle, Governor of Puebla, Ambassador Medina Mora had breakfast with executives from the NYSE and business representatives. Later, he led the traditional bell-ringing ceremony and toured the trading floor with Duncan Neiderauer, Director of the NYSE, who presented the Ambassador with an award.

Ambassador Medina Mora later spoke at a lunch meeting before investors and CEOs from Mexico and abroad to whom he noted that Mexico is passing through many positive changes which will be deepened due to the diverse structural reforms to education, electoral politics, telecommunications, financial services, fiscal policy, and energy being implemented by the administration of President Enrique Peña Nieto. “If Mexico were a stock, it would certainly be time to buy and hold”, said the Ambassador.

Medina Mora spoke about the importance of the relationship between the public and private sectors in strengthening the economic competitiveness of North America, alluding to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA): “while the goal of NAFTA was the establishment of a free trade area, something more significant has happened—North America has become a region of shared production”, the Ambassador remarked.

As part of Mexico Day, a diverse group of panels on growth and buying power of the Mexican economy were also held. Managers from ICA, Televisa, Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico, Grupo Financiero Banorte, Grupo Senda Autotransporte, Terrafina, Gentera and Grupo Lala, among others, participated.

Ambassador Eduardo Medina Mora Supports Mexican Athlete in Fighting Human Trafficking

Today, Ambassador Eduardo Medina Mora welcomed Norma Bastidas to the Mexican Embassy to recognize and celebrate her completion of race across Mexico and the United States as part of the campaign and documentary “Be Relentless” to combat human trafficking. Ambassador Medina Mora was joined by U.S. Ambassador-At-Large to Combat Trafficking in Persons, Luis CdeBaca, Brad Riley, Producer of Be Relentless and his production team.

Norma Bastidas is a Mexican single mother, survivor and athlete, who yesterday set the world record for longest triathlon of more than 3,500 miles from Cancun, Mexico to Washington D.C. in a two month period. Her mission is to raise awareness and empower survivors of trafficking in persons and sexual violence around the world, as well as to prove that ordinary people are capable of taking extraordinary actions in the fight against today’s global challenges.

Bastidas was accompanied during the triathlon by a documentary film crew from the non-profit organization iEmpathize. Their documentary, Be Relentless, is a binational and bilingual film featuring Norma’s route, her story, as well as other stories of human trafficking victims and their advocates in both the United States and Mexico. The documentary will be released in late 2014 or early 2015.

Ambassador Medina Mora acknowledged Ms. Bastidas and her determination and inspiration in tackling a world-wide issue that affects all countries, particularly women and girls. “She made it. Her inner will, courage and persistence helped her overcome all obstacles, in order to give voice to millions of women like her. She is inspiring them as well as all of us who watch her feat, to break the silence and walk the talk –or run the talk- on an issue that involves us all and has no borders”, expressed Ambassador Medina Mora.

GOM witness testimony

Today, the Government of Mexico submitted testimony in support of the Mexican sugar industry before the U.S. International Trade Commission at its preliminary hearing concerning imports of sugar from Mexico in response to the antidumping and countervailing duties investigations.

Mexico indicated that the U.S. sugar industry has not been injured due to Mexican imports and reaffirmed that the antidumping and countervailing duties investigations could disrupt the delicate balance in trade of sweeteners between Mexico and the U.S.

Mexico also indicated that long-standing bilateral cooperation through mechanisms such as the U.S.–Mexico Consultative Committee on Agriculture, has enabled both countries to address their concerns in a collaborative and transparent environment. Mexico pointed out that it re-directed 1.1 million metric tons of sugar away from the U.S. to avoid disrupting the North American markets. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Thomas Vilsack, recently acknowledged Mexico´s cooperation in this regard.

Mexico also highlighted that the government of Mexico recently established a sugar-ethanol program as part of an effort to develop a sustainable biofuels market, for which Mexico will be consuming domestic sugar cane.

Finally, Mexico’s testimony pointed out that the North American Free Trade Agreement created a highly integrated market for sweeteners and reaffirmed that it is a system that has worked and that can continue to work, for the benefit of producers, users and consumers of sweeteners in both countries.

Participants from the Mexican industry included representatives of the Camara Nacional de las Industrias Azucarera y Alcoholera (National Chamber of Sugar and Alcohol Industries) and Fondo de Empresas Expropiadas del Sector Azucarero (Fund of Expropriated Companies in the Sugar Sector), who shared with the USITC the legal, economic and factual reasons why the petition for this investigation is unfounded and thus, should be dismissed.

 

 

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“The Policy of Human Rights in Mexico”

THE SENATE APPROVES THE WITHDRAWAL OF RESERVATIONS
TO INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS INSTRUMENTS
On 4 February 2014, the Senate of the Republic approved the withdrawal of a reservation to article IX of the Inter-American Convention on Forced Disappearance of Persons, which states that the alleged perpetrators of the acts constituting forced disappearance of persons may only be tried by the competent ordinary jurisdictions in each state, excluding any special tribunal, in particular military1.

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The Secretariat of Foreign Relations of Mexico is profoundly concerned by the death of Mexican national Jesús Flores Cruz, caused by the use of a firearm by an agent of the United States Border Patrol on February 18th, 2014, near the border crossing in Otay Mesa, California. We also firmly reiterate that the use of lethal force in border control operations is unacceptable. The Government of Mexico expects the results of the investigations and that those responsible be held accountable.The Embassy of Mexico in the United States and the Consulate General of Mexico in San Diego immediately contacted the Border Patrol, both at the central and local offices, to request information on the incident, determine the identity of the deceased, and confirm his nationality. Additionally, through official channels, we asked U.S. authorities to undertake an exhaustive investigation into the facts. The Consulate General of Mexico in San Diego will continue to provide the necessary assistance to the family of the victim.The Government of Mexico reiterates the urgency of adopting the multiple recommendations on the use of lethal force by agents of the Border Patrol that have been issued by the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, as well as the Police Executive Research Forum, with the goal of eliminating unnecessary deaths that unfortunately now number 21 since 2010. Multiple voices from the United States Congress to members of civil society on both sides of the border have now joined that call.Bilateral coordination and technical exchanges in this arena are the best way to prevent situations of excessive use of force by U.S. authorities. Only through cooperation between both governments will we be able to continue building our common border into a zone of prosperity and development.

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21st Century North America: Building the Most Competitive and Dynamic Region in the WorldWe, the Leaders of North America, met today in Toluca, Mexico, to recognize the strength of our relationship and open a new chapter in our partnership. We are determined to promote inclusive broad-based economic growth for the wellbeing of our citizens, so that 21st century North America sets new global standards for trade, education, sustainable growth, and innovation. Our region is among the most competitive and dynamic in the world. We have a shared vision for its future, and a strong political, legal, and institutional framework to build upon.Our countries are established democracies and share values and aspirations. Countless contacts among our societies bring us together. We generate close to 30 percent of global goods and services. Our trade is at least 265 percent larger than twenty years ago, when the North American Free Trade Agreement came into force, and is now worth more than one trillion dollars per year, while investment within the region has been multiplied by six. Our three economies benefit from each other’s stability and complementarities, and a shared commitment to creating good jobs and opportunities for all of our citizens. Private investment is increasingly directed towards North America, in recognition of the competitive advantage of our integrated production and supply chains, and our highly skilled workforce.Shared and inclusive prosperityOur engagement as a region with the rest of the world has a direct impact on the competitiveness of our economies and the prosperity of our societies. We will continue to work closely on matters related to international trade, so that our integrated supply chains are deepened and strengthened. We will jointly promote trade and investment in those sectors in which the integration of our production chains serves as a distinct global advantage, and work together to highlight those advantages.Our governments are committed to developing a North American Competitiveness work plan, focused on investment, innovation and increased private sector engagement. We seek to set new standards for global trade through the prompt conclusion of a high standard, ambitious, and comprehensive Trans-Pacific Partnership, as we promote further trade liberalization in the Asia-Pacific region.We will develop a North American Transportation Plan, beginning with a regional freight plan and building on existing initiatives. We will also streamline procedures and harmonize customs data requirements for traders and visitors. We will facilitate the movement of people through the establishment in 2014 of a North American Trusted Traveler Program, starting with the mutual recognition of the NEXUS, Global Entry, SENTRI and Viajero Confiable programs.Our governments will leverage the existing bilateral border mechanisms to enhance the secure movement of goods across North America, and promote trilateral exchanges on logistics corridors and regional development. Our governments will designate observers to attend meetings of the border management executive committees already in place. This approach will also be followed within the existing bilateral processes on regulatory cooperation. We will continue to protect and enforce intellectual property rights.New areas of opportunityThe future success and competitiveness of our region depends on our ability to foster innovation, provide our citizens access to high quality educational opportunities and to technology, and promote a workforce with the skills necessary for success in the 21st century global economy. To help guide these efforts, our governments will engage stakeholders and academics to better assess and plan for the needs of North America’s future workforce. We will promote joint research in national laboratories and universities, building connections between North American businesses, particularly entrepreneurs, and technology accelerators. We will first focus on entrepreneurship and innovation exchanges, and actions to advance the economic empowerment of women. Authorities responsible for these efforts will meet in an informal working group to seek greater coordination and collaboration among them.Academic exchange and educational mobility have long contributed to the mutual understanding of our societies and of the promise of North America. We commit to increase the number of student exchanges from within the region in our respective higher education systems, in line with the United States’ 100,000 Strong in the Americas Initiative, Mexico’s Proyecta 100,000, and Canada’s International Education Strategy. We will explore opportunities for further cooperation in this area.Energy is a trilateral priority. Developing and securing affordable, clean and reliable energy supplies can drive economic growth and support sustainable development, as we shift towards a low carbon energy future. To build on recent progress in this area, our Energy Ministers will meet later in 2014 to discuss opportunities to promote common strategies on energy efficiency, infrastructure, innovation, renewable energy, unconventional energy sources, energy trade, and responsible resource development, including the development of relevant technical studies.Our countries will continue to work together to address climate change in pursuit of an ambitious and inclusive global agreement within the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, while also collaborating through complementary mechanisms like the Major Economies Forum, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, and the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas. In addition, we will intensify our efforts to promote an amendment to the Montreal Protocol to phase-down production and consumption of climate-damaging hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).We will continue to collaborate in the protection of our region’s biodiversity and to address other environmental challenges, such as wildlife trafficking and ecosystems at risk. Our governments will establish a working group to ensure the conservation of the Monarch butterfly, a species that symbolizes our association.Citizen security and global issuesWe reaffirm our commitment to the principles of shared responsibility, mutual trust, and respect, in support of our domestic priorities, as we face together the challenges posed by transnational organized crime and other threats to the security of our citizens. As increasingly integrated neighbors, we recognize the need to collaborate effectively to counter global threats, such as international terrorism, and to protect our shared critical infrastructure.The effective exchange of information and coordination among law-enforcement authorities will remain essential. We will continue to coordinate and pursue new areas of cooperation to counter drug trafficking, arms trafficking and other illicit trade, consistent with our laws and constitutions. To more effectively counter money laundering and illicit financial flows while ensuring the efficient interconnection of our systems, our authorities will enhance their dialogue on financial sector regulation and supervision. Our governments share a commitment to combating human trafficking in all its forms and will work toward improving services for the victims of this crime.To strengthen regional security, we will continue to cooperate with our partners in Central America and the Caribbean, and with other countries in the hemisphere to promote development, economic growth and citizen security. We will provide capacity building support, and seek closer collaboration on financial inclusion and social safety nets, among other areas. We will broaden the scope of our efforts by including actions on disaster risk prevention and insurance, wildfire management, and access to affordable and clean energy, and will promote sustainable social development.North America’s response to the H1N1 pandemic in 2009 remains an example of timely and effective cooperation. We will build upon the North American Plan for Animal and Pandemic Influenza (NAPAPI) to strengthen our preparedness and response to future public health events.

North America will continue to develop collective solutions to global challenges. Our three countries will increase our already robust cooperation across the United Nations and other multilateral bodies. We will engage in the definition of the post-2015 development agenda with an inclusive approach that addresses inequalities and seeks to ensure that global objectives are pursued according to national standards of accountability. We support the Open Government Partnership, and we are committed to transparency and open government across the world. We will also continue to promote democracy, human rights and the respect of international law throughout the world and in the Americas, consistent with the values enumerated in the Inter American Democratic Charter.Delivering on our agendaThe success of this vision will hinge on its follow up. Our governments will carry out periodic consultations on the implementation of our agreements, reporting to leaders on the progress of our efforts before each upcoming North American Leaders’ Summit. Our countries will also develop a new outreach mechanism in 2014, through which experts and stakeholders will be able to share their perspectives on our agenda and propose new lines of action.

The collaboration between our governments, civil societies, academics, entrepreneurs, and other actors, has a direct and positive impact in the lives and wellbeing of our peoples. The future of North America is even more brilliant than its past and together we can make it the most competitive and dynamic region in the world.President Obama and President Peña Nieto welcome Prime Minister Harper’s offer for Canada to host the next North American Leaders’ Summit in 2015.

Toluca, Mexico, February 19, 2014

 President Enrique Peña Nieto welcomes his counterparts from the United States, Barack Obama, and from Canada, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, in Toluca, Mexico, as they celebrate the North American Leaders Summit. The event will provide them with an opportunity to renew their commitment to the common goal of building North America into the most dynamic and competitive region in the world.The Summit is the highest level trilateral forum that regularly takes place between the nations. The heads of state decide upon an outline for the work of the three governments. They also agree upon concrete actions that should be taken and the strategy of the regional partnership in the global arena.  The results of the Summit come out of previous meetings and consultations between the governments and with relevant actors from the private sector, academia, and civil society with the goal of improving the well-being of the societies in all three countries.20 years after the entry into force of the North American Free Trade Agreement, the three governments work together with a vision toward the future for the mutual benefit of their societies. The region as a whole generates nearly 30% of world gross domestic product and has notable competitive advantages in logistics and communications, as well as human capital with its population of 450 million.The leaders will seek to capitalize on complementarities to boost shared, inclusive prosperity, and identify new areas of opportunity. They will review the current state of collaboration between them to guarantee citizen security. They will also discuss shared interests in hemispheric and global affairs.At the conclusion of the Summit in Toluca, the leaders will present a joint declaration.

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 The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is deeply worried by the death of Mexican national Gabriel Sánchez Velázquez, which occurred after a Border Patrol agent shot him on January 16th, 2014, outside of Douglas, Arizona. We firmly reiterate our position that the disproportionate use of lethal force in migratory control operations in unacceptable. The Government of Mexico will closely follow the results of the investigation in this case. Personnel from the Mexican Consulate in Douglas, Arizona, arrived at the Border Patrol station in the early hours of January 17th to request information on the incident, determine the identity of the deceased, and confirm his nationality. Additionally, we officially requested an exhaustive investigation of the facts from the appropriate authorities in the United States. For its part, the Mexican Consulate in Tucson, Arizona, has followed the process of autopsy and identification of the deceased conducted by the Pima County Office of Forensic Medicine. The consulate also established contact with the family of the deceased to offer them assistance. The Government of Mexico is mindful of the different recommendations on the use of lethal force by agents of the Border Patrol that the Office of the Inspector General, the Police Executive Research Forum, and the Border Patrol itself have provided, and we reiterate the urgency of adopting those recommendations as soon as possible in order to eliminate these type of deaths which, unfortunately, now number 20 since 2010. We would like to underscore the importance of strengthening bilateral coordination and of continuing the technical exchanges begun on this topic to the degree that they help prevent occurrences of excessive use of force on the part of United States authorities. We also stress the importance of dialogue between both governments in favor of a shared strategic vision which establishes the border as a region of prosperity and development.

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The Mexican national Edgar Arias Tamayo was executed Wednesday, January 22, 2014 in Texas. The execution violates the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and contravenes the judgment delivered by the International Court of Justice in the Avena case (2004). That decision ordered the United States to review and reconsider the conviction and the death sentence imposed on Mr. Edgar Tamayo, and on 50 other nationals, whose rights to consular notification and assistance were violated by the Texan authorities at the moment of detention.Since becoming aware of Mr. Tamayo’s case, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE for its acronym in Spanish) has deployed a series of actions until exhausting all possible avenues available, both domestically and internationally, in order to obtain the review and reconsideration of the case by the Texan judicial authorities, in light of the lack of consular notification.The Government of Mexico calls for effective action to be taken to avoid the execution of other sentences in contempt of the Avena judgment which would damage the regime of consular assistance and protection as agreed between the countries.The SRE reiterates that the issue of fundamental importance in this case is the respect for the right of access to protection provided by our consulates to Mexicans abroad.The Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs has provided due consular assistance to the families of the national being executed. At the request of the Tamayo family, such assistance will continue throughout the process of transferring the remains of Edgar Tamayo to Mexico.

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The Government of Mexico reiterates its firm rejection of the planned execution of Mexican national Edgar Tamayo Arias, scheduled for January 22, 2014 in the State of Texas.In 2004, the International Court of Justice, in its ruling known as the Avena decision, found that the United States has an obligation to review and reconsider the sentences of 51 Mexicans—including Edgar Tamayo—who were sentenced to capital punishment without having been notified of their right to receive assistance and protection from Mexican consular officials as article 36 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations establishes.If the execution of Edgar Tamayo takes place without his case being reviewed and his sentence reconsidered as the International Court of Justice has ordered, it would constitute the third execution of a Mexican national included in the Avena decision, and a clear violation of the United States' international obligations under the Vienna Convention, the observance of which is fundamental in guaranteeing the rights of all individuals to due process, including U.S. citizens currently traveling  or residing abroad.Mexico recognizes the efforts of the United States government to ensure that the State of Texas adhere to the Avena decision, as well as its repeated recognition of its international obligation during recent years and the efforts undertaken jointly by several federal lawmakers seeking to promote legislation that would ensure that each state comply with this international obligation, legislation that unfortunately has yet to be passed.Up to this point, the Ministry of Foreign Relations, in coordination with Mr. Tamayo's attorneys, has made use of all political, legal, and administrative resources available in order to stop the execution of our countryman. The most recent legal actions we have taken include the presentation of a legal recourse based on the findings of the Inter-American Human Rights Commission, a body which, beginning on January 18th of 2012, began taking cautionary measures ordering the suspension of the execution. Additionally, a federal suit was filed this past January 14th in Austin, Texas, to petition the governor and the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles (BPP) to abstain from proceeding with the execution until an adequate and transparent process has been established.The political actions our government has taken include letters that Foreign Secretary José Antonio Meade, the Ambassador of Mexico to the United States, Eduardo Medina Mora, the President of the CNDH, Raúl Plasencia, the Governor of Morelos, Graco Ramírez, and other federal legislators have sent to the Governor of Texas, Rick Perry and the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles asking that the execution be suspended.In the international sphere, the International Court of Justice, the Inter-American Human Rights Court, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Amnesty International, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the International Commission against the Death Penalty, the National Latino Evangelical Coalition, the ambassadors of the European Union, the United Kingdom, El Salvador, Honduras, and Uruguay in the United States, the American Bar Association, the American Friends and Service Committee, and the US Departments of State and Justice all sent missives appealing to Texas authorities to suspend the execution of Tamayo Arias. Moreover, this past 15th of January, the Ambassador of Mexico to the Organization of American States opened up a debate on the abolition of the death penalty in America, and denounced the lack of compliance by the United States to the ruling of the ICJ.The Ministry of Foreign Relations, through the Department of Protection for Mexicans Abroad and the Consulate General of Mexico in Houston, will continue to assist the family members of Edgar Tamayo Arias. Some of the support for the family includes assistance in obtaining travel documents to visit Mr. Tamayo in Texas, economic support for their visit including food, lodging, and travel expenses and someone to accompany them on their visits to see Edgar in prison. The Tamayo family also has support from the Government of Morelos.The Government of Mexico opposes the death penalty and is determined to use all necessary means to protect those Mexican nationals in danger of receiving such a sentence, which is why we created the Mexican Capital Legal Assistance Program (MCLAP) in the year 2000. To date, the program has helped avoid or reverse the imposition of capital punishment in 868 cases.

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From January 6th, to 10th, 2014, the XXV Annual Meeting of Ambassadors and Consuls of Mexico will be held at the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This meeting summons the heads of the Mexican representations abroad and the high level officials of the Foreign Ministry; as well as representatives of other federal agencies, state governments and prominent national and international speakers.The agenda of this meeting is structured around the five guiding principles established by President Enrique Peña Nieto since the beginning of his administration:achieve a Mexico at peace; achieve an Inclusive Mexico; build a Mexico with quality education; promote a prosperous Mexico and consolidate a Mexico with global responsibility.During the morning sessions of January 6th, 7th, and 8th, the heads of the agencies responsible of achieving the five major national goals, framed in each of these guiding principles, as well as representatives of other ministries and decentralized Federal Government agencies will address Mexican diplomats on the progress achieved during the first year of this administration and future priority tasks.The program also includes keynote lectures by renowned specialists. The first will focus on development and migration, while the second will concentrate on the role of contemporary diplomacy facing global challenges. In addition, workshops will be given on key issues for the everyday tasks carried out by the Mexican diplomats, such as consular affairs, communication, economic and tourism promotion.On Thursday and Friday four panels dedicated to analyze priority aspects of Mexico 's international agenda will take place, including the projections of the G20, the new opportunities offered in the international arena on education and research, the challenges of the Development Agenda Post- 2015 and present and future evolution of the Pacific Alliance.The XXV Annual Meeting of Ambassadors and Consuls of Mexico will conclude on January 10th, with a working Peña luncheon at the National Palace where President Enrique Nieto will share with the Ambassadors and Consuls of Mexico the guidelines of his government’s foreign policy for the coming year and the priority tasks for Mexico to become an actor with global responsibility.

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