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Mexico’s Senate ratifies diplomatic appointments

Mexico City, April 21, 2016

Today the Senate concluded the ratification process for Ambassadors, Consuls and Permanent Representatives appointed by President Enrique Peña Nieto.

Those appointments are as follows:

1.   Carlos Manuel Sada Solana as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mexico to the United States of America

2.   Marcela Celorio Mancera as Consul General of Mexico in San Diego, California, United States of America

3.   Emilio Rabasa P. Gamboa as Consul General of Mexico in Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America.

4.  Francisco de la Torre Galindo as Consul General of Mexico in Dallas, Texas, United States of America

5.  Marcos Augusto Bucio Mújica as Consul General of Mexico in El Paso, Texas, United States of America.

6.  Ricardo Santana Velázquez as Consul General of Mexico in Nogales, Arizona, United States of America

7.  Claudia Franco Hijuelos as Consul General of Mexico in Phoenix, Arizona, Estados Unidos de América

8.  María de los Remedios Gómez Arnau as Consul General of Mexico in Raleigh, Carolina del Norte, United States of America

9.  Gemi José González López as Consul General of Mexico in San Francisco, California, United States of America

10.  Héctor Eduardo Velasco Monroy as Consul General of Mexico in San Antonio, Texas, United States of America.

11.  Francisco Javier Díaz de León as Consul General of Mexico in Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

12. Diego Antonio Gómez Pickering as Consul General of Mexico in New York, N.Y., United States of America

Mexico City, April 05, 2016

On instructions from President Enrique Peña Nieto, Foreign Secretary Claudia Ruíz Massieu Salinas, announces the following changes in the ministry:

José Paulo Carreño King has been nominated as Under Secretary for North America and Carlos Manuel Sada Solana has been nominated as Ambassador of Mexico to the United States of America.

Paulo Carreño King has broad experience in promoting Mexico throughout the world, in international media relations, academia, business, and possesses a solid educational background.

Paulo Carreño has been the coordinator of Marca País (which promotes Mexico’s image abroad) and International Media for the Office of the President. In that role, he was responsible for developing and implementing an integral strategy to promote our country in strategic economic sectors.

In January 2015, he concluded a distinguished chapter in his career in the financial sector in Mexico, where he worked for more than ten years. He served as Executive Director of Communications and Institutional Relations of the Banamex Financial Group, and as spokesman for Citigroup in Mexico, the international bank with the largest presence in the world.

From 2013 to 2015, he was President of the Commission of Communication, Marketing, and Social Responsibility of the Association of Mexican Banks.

From 2001 to 2007, he was a founding partner of one of the most important strategic communications and lobbying firms in our country. Prior to that, from 1998 to 2001, he was Associate and Director of Media and Crisis Management in BursonMarsteller Mexico.

Carreño King was a professor in the Universidad Iberoamericana’s Institute for Public Administration. He has a master’s degree in international law from Leiden University in the Netherlands where he specialized in human rights. He has a bachelor’s degree in law from the Universidad Iberoamericana.

Carlos Manuel Sada Solana has broad experience with consular work and protecting the rights of Mexicans in North America, as well as defending the interests of Mexico abroad.

Since April 2013 to the present day, Carlos Sada has served as Consul General of Mexico in Los Angeles; from April 2011 until July 2013, he was Consul General in New York; between 2000 and 2007, he headed the Consulate General of Mexico in Chicago; from 1995 to 2000, he was Consul General in San Antonio; and between 1989 and 1992, he served as Consul General of Mexico in Toronto, Canada.

Throughout his career, Sada has distinguished himself through his professionalism, his closeness with Mexican communities abroad, his promotion of Mexico’s interests, and his work to strengthen relations between our country and other nations.

Between 2007 and 2011, he had a successful turn as Minister for Congressional Affairs in the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, DC, something which allowed him to develop close relations with, and gain an understanding of, the legislative bodies of the United States.

In his career of public service, he was also Mayor of the City of Oaxaca and Secretary of Social and Economic Development in the State of Oaxaca.

Carlos Sada obtained a degree in industrial engineering from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. He completed his post-graduate studies in the University of Newcastle, in Great Britain, and the University of Delft as well as the Institute of Public Administration of The Hague, both of which are in Holland.

Carlos Sada’s nomination will be sent to the government of the United States to request agrément and, in accordance with the Constitution, the nomination will then be submitted to the Senate for ratification.

The designations of Paulo Carreño King and Carlos Sada Solana are part of an integral strategy that the Government of Mexico will employ to strengthen relations, the promotion of Mexican interests, and the image of our country in Canada and the United States.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs recognizes the work of Dr. Carlos Pérez Verdía Canales, as well as that of Dr. Miguel Basañez Ebergeny during their tenures, and wishes them much success in their future endeavors.


The U.S.-Mexico High-Level Economic Dialogue (HLED) is the premier forum for bilateral economic cooperation, promoting mutual economic growth and prosperity, job creation, and global competitiveness for Mexico and the United States.  Today, in Mexico City, U.S. Vice President Biden and Mexican Secretary Videgaray co-chaired the third Cabinet-level meeting to highlight the significant progress made during 2015 and discuss goals for 2016 and beyond.

Priorities for 2016

The HLED focuses on the following priority work areas: energy, modern borders, workforce development, regulatory cooperation, partnering in regional and global leadership, and stakeholder engagement.  Our two countries agree to work toward the following goals in 2016:


  • The United States and Mexico will formalize the establishment of the U.S.-Mexico Energy Business Council. The United States has issued a Federal Register Notice to select U.S. membership and both countries intend to hold the inaugural Council meeting in the next few months.  Mexico will initiate its internal process to select Mexico’s membership.
  • Our two governments will convene experts to provide assistance to support Mexico’s transition to a competitive power market, to promote the sustainable development of unconventional resources and to share best practices on offshore oil and gas project regulations and environmental procedures.
  • The United States and Mexico, in cooperation with Canada, will continue to share energy data and advance work on a North American mapping system.

Modern Borders

  • For the United States and Mexico, the continuing development of our shared border is a critical part of our bilateral relationship.  With that in mind, we will strengthen our binational coordinating processes to collaborate on priority projects and policy issues with the hope of making significant progress in this area.  More specifically, the Executive Steering Committee of the 21st Century Border Management Initiative plans to report to the HLED with the goal of proposing, leading, coordinating, monitoring, and ensuring progress on priority border infrastructure issues and projects.  The ESC can also be mandated to hold separate and focused discussions on the HLED priorities on border infrastructure, including to oversee implementation and execution of issues and projects already deemed priority by HLED principals, as well as to define new priorities over time.  The North American Development Bank (NADB) can serve as an important technical resource to support these efforts.
  • To help reduce the costs of trade, our customs administrations will continue the implementation of single cargo manifests in the rail, air, and maritime modes of transportation and initiate the development and implementation of the truck single manifest.  We will inaugurate a third Cargo Pre-Inspection pilot in San Jerónimo, Chihuahua.
  • We will also continue binational cooperation on the design at Otay Mesa East.  The new Otay II-Otay Mesa East port of entry project is one of the top infrastructure priorities for both countries.  Otay II- Otay Mesa east aims to be the port of entry of the future and a new paradigm for binational planning.
  • In order to ensure a secure, efficient travel experience and to promote tourism, Mexico and the United States will jointly promote and expand enrollment in trusted traveler programs and will also work with partners in Canada to implement the North American Trusted Traveler framework agreed to in July 2015.
  • Investments in our border crossings will be matched by improvements in transportation.  To ease trade-related transportation across borders, we will work toward mutual recognition of commercial and federal driver’s licenses and commercial truck inspection standards.
  • Because technology increases production speed and efficiency, we will work through the Binational Intelligent Manufacturing Initiative to streamline IT capacities into all major elements of the manufacturing process along our border.
  • To catalyze economic development in the border region, we must understand it. Using interoperable asset mapping tools, the United States will work with Mexico to map industrial, manufacturing, and financial communities. Together, we can make smart decisions about exports, imports, and investments based on assets across our border.

Workforce Development

  • Together, we recognize that at the heart of workforce development is human development. To develop a smart, agile North American workforce, we must invest in our citizens.
  • We will expand the Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation, and Research’s (FOBESII) focus and products so we can incorporate more stakeholders with specific needs based on their own priorities.  Through curriculum development and English language training we will foster greater technical expertise in energy and tourism.
  • We will increase participation in exchange programs for students, teachers, professionals, and scholars through new funding and private sector engagement for specific programs, includingJóvenes en Acción (Youth in Action), the J-1 Mexico intern program, and the U.S.-Mexico Fulbright Garcia Robles program.
  • Proyecta 100K will strive to reach its goal of sending 64,500 Mexican students and researchers to the United States to participate in a mobility program within a higher education institution.
  • In order to promote educational exchanges to diverse populations, we will work together to open 22 new EducationUSA advising network centers in Mexico.
  • Ensuring our workforce is inclusive means investing in women.  We will promote women’s access to finance and support the development and growth of women lead businesses and make mainstream gender issues an integral component into our public policy and workforce dialogue.

Regulatory cooperation

  • To strengthen our cooperation, we will continue working on energy regulatory cooperation.
  • At the same time, we will develop a Second Work Plan to include other sectors for the High-Level Regulatory Cooperation Council (HLRCC) that considers lessons learned from the First Work Plan. The Second Work Plan should be developed on a balanced approach considering sectors and activities of interest to both countries.
  • On energy, we will continue to convene experts to draft regulations and procedures.  We will also hold periodic “whole-of-government” meetings, to ensure that energy regulatory cooperation remains a priority and to ensure best practices and lessons learned are implemented across all energy regulators.
  • The U.S. Department of Interior, Mexico’s Secretariat of Energy (SENER) and Mexico’s Secretariat of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) will work together to expand existing energy cooperation, particularly in offshore safety and environmental enforcement.  By increasing coordination and aligning regulations, we will create market efficiencies that lower costs and benefit both U.S. and Mexican consumers.

Regional and global leadership

  • On February 4, 2016, Mexico and the United States joined 10 other Asia-Pacific countries to sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).  Both Parties affirm their commitment to seek rapid approval of the TPP Agreement as soon as possible and to coordinate closely on the implementation of the Agreement.
  • Open access to information is a key component to economic growth. In 2016, we will encourage international adoption of the Open Data Charter to expand access to information to all citizens. Mexico and the United States will support affordable, reliable, and open internet access.
  • Both governments will promote the Open Contracting Data Standard (OCDS), which aims to foster access to information and public participation in the procurement process. We will continue to work on improving openness and accountability in extractive industries.
  • Mexico and the United States will continue to foster actions that strengthen the anti-corruption agenda in international fora such as: the G20 and the Open Government Partnership (OGP) anti- corruption working groups.
  • Working together is crucial to expand the availability of climate risk insurance in Central America, to help mitigate the disruptive impact of natural disasters and strengthen fiscal buffers in these countries.
  • Mexico and the United States will continue to work with the Inter-American Development Bank to deepen regional electrical and natural gas integration in Central America.

Stakeholder Engagement

  • Mexico and the United States will continue improving its engagement with relevant stakeholders (private sector, academia, and civil society), in order to receive their feedback and those initiatives that contribute to the objectives of the HLED.
  • Recognizing the importance of telecommunications and sustainability to foster productivity, job creation, innovation, market development of emerging sectors and stakeholder participation with positive impacts in overall competitiveness, we will incorporate both topics into the work of the High-Level Economic Dialogue.

These 2016 strategic goals and initiatives are only possible because of the strong and cooperative partnership which defines the U.S.-Mexico relationship and builds off of the success of 2015.

2015 Achievements


  • The United States, Mexico, and Canada have worked together to share data and other information on our energy sectors.  North American energy information is now gathered on one platform available on all three countries’ websites.
  • We agreed to establish the United States-Mexico Energy Business Council to strengthen the economic and commercial ties between energy industries in our countries.  We launched several other energy initiatives focused on governance, capacity, unconventional gas, power sector reform, and energy education.
  • We enhanced cross-border electricity coordination through increased information sharing on a range of topics, including wholesale energy markets, renewable energy, system planning, natural gas, and smart grid development.

Modern Borders

  • The West Rail Bypass Bridge at Brownsville-Matamoros between Texas and Tamaulipas opened in August 2015.  It is the first rail international bridge between the two nations in 100 years.  The “Puerta Este” pedestrian crossing opened in August 2015, part of the larger renovation project on both sides of the San Ysidro-El Chaparral ports of entry between San Diego and Tijuana, the busiest land port of entry in the Western Hemisphere.  The San Diego-Tijuana International Airport Cross Border Xpress opened in December.  The Cross Border Xpress, a pedestrian bridge connecting San Diego with the Tijuana Airport, allows passengers access to more international connections.  The new, modern Tornillo-Guadalupe International Bridge and connecting roadways were fully completed in late 2015 and opened to traffic on February 4, 2016.
  • Our customs administrations launched two Cargo Pre-Inspection pilots at the Laredo, Texas International Airport and at the Mesa de Otay, Baja California customs facilities, where our customs officers’ collaboration will reduce the number of inspections, leading to reduced wait times and transactions costs.
  • We signed an Air Transportation Agreement that will increase travel and shipping options between the U.S. and Mexico as well as lower costs.
  • Under The Mexico-United States Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council (MUSEIC), we created a binational, compatible cluster maps that identify geographic concentrations of interconnected companies, suppliers, service providers, and associated institutions that are present in the U.S. and Mexico.  These maps can be used to create the connections for more effective trade and investment, and enhance regional economic development.
  • The United States and Mexico have promoted each other’s trusted traveler programs, with the support of the travel and tourism industry from both countries.  As a result, already more than 3,530 applications by American travelers were submitted by U.S. Global Entry members to join Mexico’s Viajero Confiableprogram.

Workforce Development

  • The Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation, and Research (FOBESII) expanded opportunities for educational exchanges, scientific research partnerships, and cross-border innovation for both countries.
  • Through Mexico’s programs like the Mexican national program Proyecta 100,000 and the United States’100,000 Strong in the Americas initiative, we increased by 15.4 percent the number of Mexican students in U.S. higher education institutions and the number of U.S. students in Mexican institutions increased 19.2 percent between 2014 and 2015. With this, Mexico rose from fourth to second place as a destination for U.S. students to study in Latin America.
  • More than eighty new collaboration agreements between universities of both sides of the border have been signed and we created a new Internship Program between Mexico and the United States.
  • Four binational research and innovation centers have been created with the support of the National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).
  • In March 2015, the first Pilot Project of the NSF’s I-Corps Program was launched in Mexico with the National Council for Science and Technology - CONACYT.

Regulatory Cooperation

  • Robust agency-to-agency regulatory cooperation between United States and Mexican agencies occurred during 2015.
  • During 2015, both countries closed the 1st Work Plan of the HLRCC.  In February 2015, Mexico undertook public consultations for the definition of the 2nd Work Plan of the HLRCC. In September 2015, Mexico sent the United States its proposals for the 2nd Work Plan.  The response from the United States was provided in December 2015, and further discussion remains in order to develop a 2nd HLRCC Work Plan.
  • Related to energy, Mexico’s Agency for Safety, Energy, and Environment (ASEA) and Department of Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement are working together on environmental safety regulations related to natural resource exploration.  Also, on June 5, 2015, the United States Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on regulatory cooperation with Mexico’s Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) to focus exchanges on information related to monitoring and oversight of Mexico’s wholesale power market, best practices related to large-scale integration of renewable energy in to the bulk power system and information related to natural gas infrastructure and market operations.

Regional and Global Leadership

  • Both countries collaborated to deepen the impact of open government at the subnational level, including by launching a pilot program for subnational governments at the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Summit and promoting use of open source information to foster transparency.
  • Mexico, the U.S., and the Steering Committee of OGP launched the “Joint declaration that promotes the use of the principles of open government as enablers of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda”.
  • We also worked together to advance our efforts to join the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI).
  • We worked together to promote regional interconnection between Mexico and Central America.

Stakeholder Engagement

  • During 2015, we met with stakeholders to ensure the HLED remains relevant and increases the competitiveness of both economies.

Joint release SEGOB-SRE

Mexico City, February 23, 2016


  • In 2015, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through its consular network in the United States, responded to 180,908 consular protection and assistance cases.


During the fourth meeting of the Repatriation Strategy and Policy Executive Coordination Team in El Paso, Texas, representatives of the governments of Mexico and the United States finalized the review and signing process of the Local Repatriation Arrangements at the border to guarantee the safety and proper reception of Mexicans being repatriated.

As a result of a historic negotiation, for the first time the agreements include a commitment to carry out the repatriations at specifically determined times (mostly during daylight hours) and limit repatriations to 12 points (11 at the border and Mexico City for flights of the Interior Repatriation Initiatives) which have the necessary infrastructure and assistance programs to receive Mexicans returning to the country.

Also discussed in the meeting were the initiatives of both countries to improve assistance to unaccompanied children and adolescents detained upon their attempted entry into the United States, and the implementation of the Consular Assistance Protocol for Unaccompanied Children and Adolescents, developed in collaboration with UNICEF México. The updated version of the Local Repatriation Arrangements includes an annex establishing the terms of cooperation to assist this group.

The agreements reached in this meeting highlight the strength of the cooperation between both governments to coordinate the repatriation of Mexican nationals, safeguarding their security and human rights.  With this goal in mind, an agreement was reached to increase the number of weekly flights of the Interior Repatriation Initiative to three.

Co-presiding the meeting for Mexico were the Under Secretary for North America, Carlos Pérez Verdía; the Ambassador of Mexico to the United States, Miguel Basáñez; and the Commissioner for the National Migration Institute, Ardelio Vargas Fosado. On the United States side, the Assistant Secretary for International Affairs and Chief Diplomatic Officer in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Alan Bersin; the Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Sarah Saldaña; and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Acting Executive Assistant Commissioner Woody Lee.

The Government of Mexico recognizes the valuable opportunity offered by the Repatriation Strategy and Policy Executive Coordination Team and its technical group to strengthen the binational collaboration to conduct the repatriation of Mexican nationals under the principles of security, order and dignity.

In 2015, the National Migration Institute assisted 205,417 Mexican nationals repatriated from the United States, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through its consular network in that country, engaged in 180,908 consular protection and assistance cases, reiterating the commitment of the Government of Mexico to ensure the rights of Mexican nationals wherever they may be, regardless of their migratory status.


The Government of Mexico welcomes the decision of the United States Department of Justice to file an appeal with the Supreme Court to review a lower court's decision to maintain the suspension of the expanded version of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) and the Deferred Action for Parents of U.S. Citizens and Legal Residents program (DAPA).

Mexico reiterates the importance that these deferred action programs have for immigrants as a means of fully integrating them into their communities. Suspending the implementation of these programs leaves millions of people in uncertainty and denies the many contributions they make to the economy and society of the United States.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through its consular network and its Embassy in the United States, will closely follow this process in order to keep the Mexican community informed on these developments.


November 12, 2015

The Under Secretary for North America, Carlos Pérez Verdía, inaugurated a forum this Thursday on the "cultural flourishing of the Mexican-Chicano community in the United States", where he affirmed the important contributions made by Mexican-Americans to the economic development of North America, despite the anti-immigrant electoral discourse in the country.

“The negative public discourse that has emerged in the context of election races in the United States underestimates and denigrates the important contributions of immigrants and is refutable by looking at everything the Mexican community has given to the country. We are obliged, all of us, to lift our voices and reject all types of expressions of hate, discrimination and intolerance,” he noted.

To read the full version of press release in Spanish, click here:

México, D. F., November 9, 2015

The Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Claudia Ruiz Massieu, met with the Mayor of San Antonio, Texas, Ivy Taylor, during the mayor's visit to Mexico City. During the meeting they agreed to strengthen cooperative ties between Mexico and the city of San Antonio.

Secretary Ruiz Massieu underscored the importance of Mexico and San Antonio multiplying existing ties in education for the benefit of Mexicans and Americans in Mexico and Texas. This year 260 Mexicans are studying in universities in Texas as part of the SEP-SRE Project 100,000 English Language Training Program for Students and Teachers. Of those, 72 are studying in San Antonio.

  • Transaction costs and wait times in bilateral trade will be reduced
  • The program seeks to avoid double inspection of shipments

Derived from their interest in expediting bilateral trade, Mexico´s Secretary of Finance, Luis Videgaray, and the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson this Thursday October 15th, signed a memorandum of understanding to launch the Cargo Pre-inspection Program in both countries.

The program aims to minimize double inspections of shipments and conveyances. Both countries will start the program by implementing three pilots as follows:

  1. The Laredo Texas International Airport, for air cargo from the automotive, electronic and aerospace industry sectors, bound to 8 Mexican airports;
  2. The Mexican Customs facilities at Mesa de Otay (Tijuana), Baja California, for US-bound shipments of agricultural products; and
  3. Computer manufacturing facilities, adjacent to the Mexican Customs facilities in San Jeronimo, Chihuahua (10 miles west of Cd. Juarez), for US-bound shipments of computers and other electronic products.

The pilot at the Laredo, Texas airport began operations today, immediately after the signing of the memorandum. Both Secretaries thanked the city of Laredo, Texas, and the authorities of the airport for their support to this program and have made available to the customs authorities of both countries the modern facilities which customs clearance is done together. Soon, the Secretaries will visit these facilities and witness the release of shipments of participating companies.

This initiative will test innovative processes for inspection and clearance of shipments in the territory of the exporting country, so that when they arrive to the importing country its customs authorities would only inspect such shipments in exceptional cases. Mexican and US customs officials will work together at the same facilities, sharing information and selecting shipments for inspection. This initiative is known as Cargo Pre-inspection.

The Cargo Pre-inspection initiative is one of many relevant initiatives included in the Declaration of Principles and Bilateral Strategic Plan that Secretary Videgaray and Secretary Johnson signed in March 2014, and both countries have the appropriate legal framework to implement it.

Through Cargo Pre-inspections the customs authorities seek to facilitate trade and enhance the security of the customs processes. It is expected that these customs programs will derive benefits such as:

  • Reduction of transaction costs
  • Reduction of customs clearance times and border crossing wait times
  • Reduction of traffic congestions at the border
  • Optimization of investment in infrastructure and equipment
  • Deterrence of trade fraud and smuggling

Participation in these pilots will be voluntary. Eligible companies may submit an application to Mexico´s Tax Administration Service (SAT) and U.S. Custom Border Protection (CBP), as applicable, where they will confirm that they understand the procedures and will state their permission for both customs authorities to process their shipments at the designated facilities.

Each pilot will run for six months. At the end of the pilot phase SAT and CBP will evaluate results for each pilot and determine whether it is extended, expanded to include other industry sectors or becomes permanent. The inaugurations of the remaining two pilots (Mesa de Otay and San Jeronimo) will be announced soon by SAT and CBP.


Today, Mexican Secretary of Economy Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, along with his Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) country counterparts, have announced in Atlanta, Georgia, the conclusion of the ambitious TPP negotiations.

The completion of the negotiations, the Secretary stated, was made possible by the political will, pragmatism and flexibility displayed by all parties involved in the negotiation.

The Secretary of Economy signaled that Mexico and its 11 TPP counterparts reached this historic agreement with a high level of ambition, breadth, and standards never before reached. The TPP will be, without a doubt, a model for future trade negotiations, placing Mexico at the vanguard of these issues.

For Mexico, this trade agreement is of utmost relevance, as TPP opens new opportunities for Mexican businesses in 6 markets of the Asia-Pacific (Australia, Brunei, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and Vietnam), the region that will register the most economic growth over the next 25 years.

Additionally, TPP will strengthen value-chain integration among Mexico, the United States, and Canada, contributing to the goal of making North America the most competitive region in the world. TPP will also consolidate Mexico’s preferential market access in Chile and Peru, priority trading partners of Mexico in Latin America, while deepening preferential access to the Japanese market.

Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal emphasized that as a result of difficult negotiations, Mexico achieved adequate balance between market access and sensitivities in areas such as automotive-auto parts, textiles-apparel, and agricultural products, including rice, meat products, and the dairy industry.

Guajardo acknowledged that the conclusion of these negotiations was made possible due to the support and participation of all of the departments and federal agencies involved, as well as ongoing consultations with representatives from across Mexico’s productive sectors, through what has become known as the “side-room” consultation process.

The 11 countries forming TPP represent nearly three fourths (72%) of Mexico’s overall foreign trade and the origin for over half (55%) of total investment received by Mexico since 1999.

· Via telephone, they discussed the advances in negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

· They exchanged their hopes for the next Ministerial Meeting of the TPP which will be held at the end of this month in Atlanta, Georgia.

Today at 2pm, President, Enrique Peña Nieto took a phone call from the President of the United States, Barack Obama.

Both leaders discussed advances in the negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which are expected to conclude son.

The 12 member countries of the TPP represent 36% of global GDP, 25% of global trade and receive 28% of foreign direct investment.

Presidents Peña Nieto and Obama agreed on the importance of this next generation trade agreement which will allow North America and Asia to strengthen their economic ties.

Both leaders expressed their commitment to finalizing this groundbreaking agreement and shared their hopes on what can be achieved at the next Ministerial Meeting of the TPP which will be held next week in Atlanta, Georgia.

Finally, they expressed their desire for these negotiations to conclude with the best possible terms for all 12 member countries and, particularly, contribute to shared prosperity between Mexico and the United States of America.

Today, Ambassador Miguel Basáñez presented his credentials to President Barack Obama, thus becoming formally accredited as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mexico to the United States of America.

During the ceremony at the White House, Ambassador Miguel Basáñez conveyed the warm greetings from Mexico´s President, Enrique Peña Nieto, and underscored that he remains committed to strengthening the open dialogue and the bilateral relationship exsiting between the two countries.

Ambassador Basáñez acknowledged President Obama´s “visionary leadership and foresight by allowing undocumented immigrants from around the world to contribute more to the economic and social strength of the United States through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and other like-minded initiatives”.

Finally, Ambassador Basáñez expressed that “Mexico shares President Obama´s concerns about regulating arms trade and welcomes that bilateral efforts in security are based on the principle of shared responsibility.”

The work plan of Ambassador Basáñez aims at consolidating the bilateral relation and to effectively position Mexico with its complete potential among the American people: a country undergoing profound and modern transformation and an actor with global responsibility.

To achieve these goals, Ambassador Basáñez proposes a new architecture for the bilateral relation; the empowerment of Mexican communities in the United States; fostering a dynamic and competitive economy for joint prosperity; dissemination of undergoing transformations in Mexico; a secure and modern border; and deepening our shared responsibility in safety issues.


Washington, D.C., September 10, 2015

Ambassador Miguel Basáñez Ebergenyi assumed charge of the Embassy of Mexico in the United States of American today.

Tomorrow, September 11, Ambassador Basáñez will present his credentials to the Department of State as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mexico to the United States.

Soon after, Ambassador Basáñez will present his credentials to President Barack Obama during a brief meeting in the White House.

Mexico City, September 9, 2015

On behalf of the Government of Mexico, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses its deep disappointment at the announcement of the District Attorney of Franklin County, Washington, to not press charges against officers of the Pasco Police Department who shot Mexican Antonio Zambrano Montes multiple times on February 10, 2015, causing his death as a public video recording of the incident shows.

The district attorney's decision, which was reportedly based on a lack of evidence despite the fact that both a video recording of the incident and countless witnesses exist, heightens the perception that acts of violence committed by members of local police against minorities in their communities are met with impunity.

With regard to applicable U.S. laws, denying the opportunity for a jury to evaluate the legitimacy of the actions of the officers violates the trust of the community in the justice system and deeply damages the relationship between police and the communities which they serve and protect.

The Government of Mexico will continue offering counsel and assistance to the family of Mr.  Zambrano Montes in order to pursue all legal recourses available as a result of this tragic incident. At the same time, we will continue to engage with our contacts at the federal level through the Department of Justice in order to avoid the reoccurrence of these types of cases and ensure they are not the result of prejudice against minorities.

The Government of Mexico, through its Embassy and consular network in the United States, will continue to use all means at its disposal to defend Mexicans residing in this country.


September 3, 2015, Mexico City

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) informs that the Government of Mexico filed an Amicus curiae brief before the U.S. Supreme Court, in support of the petition for a writ of certiorari filed by 16-year-old Sergio Adrian Hernandez Güereca’s family, requesting that the highest court in the U.S. review the decision of a federal appeals court denying them the right to sue for damages based on the lack of jurisdiction of U.S. courts in the case.  In 2010, minor Hernandez Güereca was shot and killed in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, only a few feet away from the Mexico –United States border, by a Border Patrol agent standing on U.S. soil.

In its brief, Mexico reiterates its duty to safeguard the rights of its nationals, especially in those cases in which their fundamental rights have been violated. Mexico’s document also underscores the obligations set forth in human rights treaties voluntarily accepted by the United States, such as the obligation to ensure the rights to an effective remedy and to due compensation when human rights are violated by national authorities.

The Government of Mexico has expressed to the U.S. Government its profound concern for the use of disproportionate force by immigration control agents. In this regard, Mexico has worked in bilateral fora to prevent incidents of violence at the border. Moreover, at the time of the incident, Mexico called for an impartial and thorough investigation into the minor’s death in order to bring the alleged perpetrator to justice.  Mexico also took the necessary measures to attempt to have the alleged perpetrator prosecuted by Mexican authorities.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through its Embassy and the Consulate General of Mexico in El Paso, will continue assisting the family of minor Hernandez Güereca within the framework of U.S. and international laws in order to ensure that their right to an effective remedy be observed and they are compensated for damages arising from the unjustified use of force in this case.

México, D. F., August 20, 2015

The Government of Mexico has confirmed that two individuals assaulted a Mexican national in Boston, Massachusetts. The attack was motivated by racial prejudice according to statements made by the attackers.

The Consulate General of Mexico in Boston has been in contact with the Mexican citizen in the hospital where he is currently being treated and will provide him with the necessary protection and legal assistance. Additionally, the Consulate will closely follow the investigation into this incident in order to ensure those responsible are properly punished in accordance with U.S. law.

Mexico strongly condemns this incident and asks that the contributions of the immigrant community to the economy, society, values and culture in the United States be recognized for the positive forces that they are and the close ties they create between our two societies.

Mexico will continue to promote constructive dialogue between our two societies and reject any act of violence motivated by racism, national origin or the migratory status of any individual.

The Government of Mexico, through its Embassy in the United States and its consular network, will take all necessary steps to defend the rights and interests of Mexicans in the country, regardless of their immigration status.


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) hereby informs that President Enrique Peña Nieto has nominated Dr. Miguel Basáñez Ebergenyi as Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Mexico to the United States.

Basáñez Ebergenyi holds a degree in Law from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), a Master of Public Administration from the University of Warwick, a master in Political Philosophy from the University of London and a doctorate in political sociology from the University of London.

In his career he has played important roles in public administration, among them as CEO of evaluation of the Presidency of Mexico, as private secretary to the Governor of the State of Mexico, as private secretary to the Secretary of Energy and as Attorney General of the State of Mexico.

In academia, he has served as Associate Director of the Institute of Cultural Change at the Fletcher School at Tufts University, as well as Director of Special Projects, Research, and Teaching at the same institution. He has authored numerous books, articles and research related to electoral processes and polling.

In his position as leader of the Mexican Embassy in the United States, Dr. Basáñez will strive to strengthen the bilateral relationship and to position Mexico as an actor with global responsibility and as a country in continuous and positive transformation.

To this end, Dr. Basáñez will promote the empowerment of the Mexican community in the United States, the continued integration of a competitive and dynamic economy, the development of a secure and efficient border, the consolidation of an integrated approach rooted in shared responsibility on all security issues, as well as greater visibility to the positive changes that are improving the lives of Mexico’s citizens.

The bilateral relationship between Mexico and the United States is the most profound and complex of any two countries in the world. It is sustained by a strategic, multi-faceted and multi-level agenda that spans the private and public sectors and covers political, economic, commercial, environmental, energy, border management, and security issues.

In 2014, bilateral trade between Mexico and the United States totaled 534 billion dollars. America has become the main trading partner of Mexico, while Mexico is the third largest trading partner of the United States. Moreover, there are 11.4 million Mexican-born people living in the United States, and close to 1 million US citizens living in our country.



Washington, D.C. July 30, 2015

Today at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, DC, Ambassador Alejandro Estivill, Chargé d’Affaires of the Embassy of Mexico in the United States, along with Scott Nathan of the U.S. State Department and Fernando Sepúlveda, CEO of Impulsa, presided over a ceremony to mark the close of TrepCamp 2015.

The three-week summer program trained 300 Mexican university students from 10 different Mexican states to become high-impact entrepreneurs. The program was launched in 2014 and focuses on energy, biotechnology, security as well as other industries that can boost economic and social development in the region.

Students attend training sessions and seminars, interact with startups, receive advice from mentors, and participate in site visits that let them connect with the local entrepreneurial ecosystem. The students were hosted in six different high-impact entrepreneurial zones across the US—Berkeley, San Jose, San Diego, New York, DC, and the San Antonio/Austin corridor.

Funding for the program comes from the US State Department, the Mexican Institute for Entrepreneurship (INADEM) and Santander Bank.

Next year the program is expected to grow to 1,000 students in 10 host ecosystems across the United States which would represent a 1000% increase in just two years.

TrepCamp is part of an innovative cooperative model between the United States and Mexico under the Mexico-US Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council (MUSEIC) and the Proyecta 100k program of the Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation and Research (FOBESII), initiatives developed by the two governments and working in partnership with top universities in both countries to bolster entrepreneurship and substantially increase academic mobility.

The Government of Mexico will continue to explore innovative avenues of collaboration with the public and private sectors in the United States to benefit Mexican citizens and ensure our two countries develop a 21st century workforce that consolidates North America as the most competitive region in the world.


“When I come to Mexico, I feel that I come to the home of my friends.”

I fully understand what President Lyndon B. Johnson felt like during his visit to Mexico in 1966. It is a privilege for me to visit Texas to continue to build even stronger political, economic and social ties with one of Mexico’s oldest and closest friends.

Our relationship is by several measures already robust. Almost 50 percent of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport’s international traffic goes to Mexico, with 57 daily flights to 15 cities. In 2014, 1.9 million trucks crossed from Mexico to Laredo carrying goods, some of them going as far as Canada. The University of Texas at Austin currently plays host to many Mexican international students. And over 1,000 Houston businesses report having ties with Mexico.

Mexico is Texas’ largest market. $100 billion dollars were exported to Mexico in 2014. The Lone Star State in itself would be Mexico’s leading trading partner worldwide after the United States, with total trade amounting to $192 billion last year. A growing number of Mexican companies are active in Texas, creating tens of thousands of jobs for the people of this state. And there are many sectors waiting to be developed by entrepreneurs of vision in both Texas and Mexico.

The energy reform enacted by President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration, for example, offers new opportunities for investors across the border willing to participate in Mexico’s expanding energy markets. We hope to benefit from Texas’ long-standing technological expertise, ensuring a cleaner and more reliable energy supply for our region.

Our partnership is close, but there is scope to strengthen it further with a strategic vision, starting with our common border.

Texas and Mexico share 33 ports of entry. An open and constructive dialogue is the most effective way to improve bilateral security, boost competitiveness and build fruitful interactions. That has not always been the case in past years. We therefore welcome SB797, the recently enacted law that will reduce waiting times at the border during the inspection of agricultural products. Initiatives of this kind deepen our collaboration and contribute to our prosperity. We need to promote more of them based on a principle of shared responsibility and avoid unilateral and misguided approaches that seek to build walls rather than bridges between our societies.

That principle also applies to our communities. A third of Texas’ population is of Mexican origin. And tens of thousands of Texans have chosen Mexico as their home.

Our historic, cultural and social ties should continue to grow on both sides of the border. The enormous contributions of Mexican immigrants to Texas should be recognized and drive positive changes in public policies to improve the lives of all people in the state, allowing everyone to reach their full potential. We look forward to working with Gov. Greg Abbott and his administration to this end. It is common-sense politics.

We can also strengthen our collaboration in education, innovation and research to consolidate the competitiveness of our region. Last year alone, over 6,000 Mexicans pursued a degree at Texas universities. Just a few months ago, UT-Austin signed a broad agreement with our National University (UNAM) to expand academic opportunities. Although Mexico is the third country of origin of international students in Texas, we need to raise that number so that it truly reflects the strength of our relationship.

Our future is already intertwined by geography and history. The breadth and scope of our relationship give us a renewed opportunity to steer it together with a shared and strategic purpose.

This week I will be meeting Gov. Abbott, legislators, entrepreneurs, business leaders, Mexican immigrants, community organizers and stakeholders who are part and parcel of strengthening our ties.

I am convinced that through dialogue and engagement, Mexico and Texas can build a path together to a brighter future.



The Texas-Mexico relationship is a successful one: Countless economic, social and family ties attest to a close and productive partnership. Together, we work on security, migration and environmental protection, among other pressing challenges.

Building on our successes and confronting our challenges demands cooperation and concerted action.

Mexico’s undersecretary for North American affairs, Sergio Alcocer, was honored to attend Gov. Greg Abbott’s inauguration in January. On that solemn occasion, he expressed Mexico’s interest in fostering stronger ties with Texas. Since then, he has visited the Lone Star State several times to discuss issues of common concern, such as security, migration, water and border infrastructure. In April, Carlos Cascos, Texas’ secretary of state, traveled to Mexico to hold talks on a wide-ranging agenda. His two-day visit showed a renewed commitment on the part of Texas to a joint approach to face our common challenges.

The frank and productive exchange of ideas that we have been able to develop in the course of a few months reflects the disposition of both Mexico and Texas to work together. We are looking for new and more effective approaches to long-standing issues. We also are promoting new initiatives — among them, increasing student and faculty exchanges between Mexican and Texas colleges, as well as launching joint research and innovation projects. We strive for a constant, open and constructive dialogue between key decision-makers on both sides of the border.

I am deeply grateful for Gov. Abbott’s invitation that allows me to visit Austin on Thursday. I look forward to doing my part in fostering a closer partnership between Texas and Mexico. During my stay in the state’s capital, I will convey an invitation for Gov. Abbott to visit Mexico City in the near future, so that we can continue this fruitful conversation over the months and years to come.

We can learn much from the border communities of Texas and Mexico. Countless people go back and forth every day, traveling, working and living safely and productively in both countries. They turn challenges into opportunities, and so should we all.

Mexico and Texas can draw inspiration from previous administrations that served our societies well by building understanding and friendship. We may not always agree on the best course of action, but we must realize that fostering a closer dialogue is the best way to enhance our cooperation and achieve our shared goals of prosperity, security and a better quality of life for our societies.

Mexico City, June 18, 2015

The Secretary of Foreign Affairs, José Antonio Meade Kuribreña, met with the Governor of Arizona, Doug Ducey, this Thursday during the governor’s work visit to Mexico.

Secretary Meade reiterated the Government of Mexico’s willingness to reestablish a political relationship with Arizona, and deepen the historical ties between our societies and boost educational and economic bonds with the state.

Both officials agreed on the importance of working together on initiatives that increase bilateral trade, particularly ones that seek to modernize our common border.

The head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs again mentioned the importance of the contributions that Mexican immigrants provide to Arizona, also considering a fundamental part of revitalizing the Mexico-Arizona relationship.

Secretary Meade specifically underscored the contributions of more than 31,000 young Mexicans in the state who have benefitted from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).

He also highlighted that it would make sense for the Governor of Arizona to work towards the integration of those young Mexicans into American society by issuing them driver’s licenses and giving them access to in-state tuition at universities.

Additionally, he referred to the commitment of the Government of Mexico to promoting initiatives that help close the gap between citizens and immigrants in the United States and the benefits that those initiatives have had for communities in Arizona.

From June 17th to the 20th, Governor Ducey and a delegation of Arizona officials and businessmen will adhere to a broad work schedule in Mexico City.

During the visit, the U.S. delegation will meet with Mexican businessmen, academics and representatives from national universities, as well as with federal officials. They will also participate in the signing of different collaboration agreements to relaunch the Mexico-Arizona relationship.

More than 500,000 Mexicans and 1.7 million persons of Mexican origin reside in Arizona. The consular network of Mexico in Arizona consists of 5 consulates in the cities of Phoenix, Nogales, Tucson, Douglas and Yuma. Arizona is the 13th largest trading partner of Mexico at the global level, and the fifth largest within the United States. In 2014, bilateral trade with the state rose to 15.9 billion dollars and is comparable to the amount of trade Mexico does with Korea.

  • Attorneys General Arely Gómez González and Loretta E. Lynch meet for the first time

In their first meeting since assuming their current positions, the Attorney General of Mexico, Arely Gómez González, and the Attorney General of the United States of America, Loretta E. Lynch, reviewed the current law enforcement agenda between the two countries, and pledged to work together to fight transnational crime, including drug trafficking organizations, fraud and financial crime, and human trafficking and smuggling.

During the meeting, which was held in the offices of the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., both officials agreed to begin a new push for collaboration between the two nations, in the context of reciprocity and respect.

Attorney General Gómez González discussed with her U.S. counterpart the process of institutional transformation that Mexico's justice system is undergoing, with the entry into force of the New System for Criminal Justice, as well as other reforms designed to move towards a modern Attorney General's Office.

“We are changing the institution. We want modern, transparent law enforcement that guarantees full respect for human rights and is based on technical, scientific investigations which produce results. That is how we will strengthen public confidence”, said Attorney General Gómez González.

For her part, the Attorney General of the United States of America, Loretta E. Lynch, stated that:

“I am pleased to have had the opportunity to host this historic meeting, and to reaffirm our partnership with the Office of the Attorney General of Mexico," said Attorney General Lynch.  "Attorney General Gomez Gonzalez and I are committed to working closely to fight transnational crime, whatever form it takes – whether trafficking in drugs, or trafficking in persons; whether violent gangs, or financial fraudsters.  Together, we will build on the strong record of cooperation between our two countries to advance the common mission that our nations share.”

Those from Mexico's Attorney General's Office who participated in the meeting included José Alberto Rodríguez Calderón, Deputy Attorney General of Legal and International Affairs; Felipe de Jesús Muñoz Vázquez, Deputy Attorney General Specializing in Organized Crime; Eber Omar Betanzos Torres, Deputy Attorney General for Human Rights, Crime Prevention and Community Services; and Tomás Zerón de Lucio, Chief Director of the Criminal Investigation Agency.

For the U.S. Department of Justice, Attorney General Loretta Lynch was accompanied by Sally Yates, Deputy Attorney General; Leslie Caldwell, Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division; and Bruce Swartz, Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Counselor for International Affairs.

The Under Secretary for North America, Sergio Alcocer Martínez de Castro, will pay a work visit to the city of Washington D. C. on the 10th and 11th of June to strengthen cooperative ties with government officials and representatives of business groups in the United States.

As part of his agenda, he will participate in a panel focused on the competitiveness of North America at the fourth meeting of the US-Mexico CEO Dialogue. The forum is an initiative organized by the United States Chamber of Commerce and the Business Coordinating Council, which features important attendees from the public and private sectors in both countries.

Additionally, Under Secretary Alcocer will meet with U.S. government officials and other specialists to analyze topics of interest in the bilateral relationship. He will also meet with representatives from academia in order to explore possible collaboration efforts under the Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation and Research (FOBESII) and Project 100,000.

In 2014, trade between Mexico and the United States reached 534 billion dollars, a 5.5% increase over 2013, and equivalent to more than one million dollars in trade per minute.


As part of the 153rd anniversary of the Battle of Puebla, Under Secretary Alcocer led a ceremony today in which National Ohtli Awards were presented to Eva Longoria and Javier Palomarez for their work in support of the Mexican and Hispanic communities in the United States.  Since 1996, the award has been conferred upon distinguished Mexican, Mexican-American and Hispanic leaders who have dedicated their personal and professional lives to improve living conditions and increasing opportunities for those communities.

During a ceremony in the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, DC, Alcocer recognized the work undertaken over the course of their lives by the two recipients, both of whom are of Mexican origin. The event was attended by U.S. officials, academics, and representatives from Hispanic organizations, among others.

Eva Longoria has worked tirelessly to support the empowerment of young Latinas through educational and entrepreneurial programs offered by the Eva Longoria Foundation. Additionally, she has promoted the integration of the Hispanic community through initiatives like the Latin Victory Project, which seeks to increase political participation of Hispanics in the U.S. She has also supported different programs to assist young people with disabilities.

Javier Palomarez, as President and Executive Director of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, has promoted entrepreneurship and business development in the Hispanic community, particularly among women and young people. His successful career promoting the economic development of Hispanics, serves as an example for the Mexican community in the United States.

Under Secretary Alcocer also participated in an event to commemorate the Battle of Puebla in the White House.


Today, the World Trade Organization (WTO) published the definitive report by the Special Panel which reviewed the modifications to “dolphin – safe” tuna labeling in the United States, reiterating the discriminatory nature of those changes which continue to negatively affect the competitiveness of Mexican products by unfairly denying them the “dolphin – safe” label.

The WTO decided in Mexico’s favor, asserting that the changes to the labeling system implemented by the United States are restrictive to trade and do not comply with U.S. goals to inform consumers on the damage that may occur to dolphins during tuna fishing.

With this decision, the WTO again sides with Mexico, demonstrating that the Mexican tuna fishing industry is capable of reporting and achieving a certain level of protection, while other fishing industries which do not provide the same level of certainty are able to obtain the dolphin-safe label. Accordingly, the determination of the Special Panel affirms that the U.S. labeling system discriminated against Mexico and, therefore, violates U.S. agreements under the WTO.

The United States has 60 days to appeal the decision, in which case the final result of this dispute would be made known by the end of 2015. If the United States does not appeal the report or if today’s decision is affirmed in the eventual appeal process, Mexico will have the right to suspend benefits to the United States until the latter eliminates discriminatory aspects of its dolphin – safe labeling system.

The decision of the WTO is another important victory not only for Mexico, but for the environment and all marine species, as well as for consumers who trust in the accuracy of environmental labeling. The decision reinforces the commitment of Mexico to fish for tuna in a sustainable way and offer consumers a product that is traceable from the point of capture to the point of sale in order to verify the level of protection for dolphins.

Mexico will continue defending the interests of Mexican industries and ensure the due compliance of its trading partners to their international commitments.

On the occasion of Mexico submitting its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), President Barack Obama and President Enrique Peña Nieto reaffirm their commitment to addressing global climate change, one of the greatest threats facing humanity. The leaders underscore the importance of jointly addressing climate in their integrated economy. Smart action on climate change and developing clean energy can drive economic growth, and bring broad security, health, and development benefits to the region. The two countries will seize every opportunity to harmonize their efforts and policies towards their common climate goals. The two countries will launch a new high-level bilateral clean energy and climate policy task force to further deepen policy and regulatory coordination in specific areas including clean electricity, grid modernization, appliance standards, and energy efficiency, as well as promoting more fuel efficient automobile fleets in both countries, global and regional climate modeling, weather forecasting and early alerts system. The interagency task force will be chaired by Secretary Ernest Moniz and Secretary Juan José Guerra Abud, and hold its first meeting this spring. The task force will also look to advance its work program through the Clean Energy Ministerial that Mexico is hosting on May 27-28 and related initiatives. Both countries also commit to enhanced cooperation on air quality and climate policy, including harmonization and implementation of heavy-duty diesel and light duty emission standards, common programs to reduce reliance on HFCs, and technical cooperation on black carbon.

Today, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Evan Ryan and Under Secretary for North American Affairs Sergio Alcocer signed a Memorandum of Understanding to create the U.S.–Mexico Intern Program.

The program seeks to expand academic exchange and internship opportunities for U.S. and Mexican college students and recent graduates. Increasing educational exchange opportunities between the United States and Mexico is essential to develop the regional workforce we need to position North America as the most competitive and dynamic region in the world.

This new initiative supports the objectives of the Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation and Research (FOBESII), announced by Presidents Barack Obama and Enrique Peña Nieto in May 2013 under the auspices of the U.S.–Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue, and officially launched in May 2014.

Through the Bilateral Forum, our governments have worked with educational institutions, the private sector, and other stakeholders to identify challenges and opportunities in developing a shared vision in the areas of higher education, innovation and research that promote economic development in both countries. To learn more about FOBESII’s achievements in 2014 and priorities for 2015, read the Bilateral Joint Statement issued on January 6, 2015.

The Bilateral Forum is consistent with our countries’ own national efforts under the United States’ 100,000 Strong in the Americas initiative and Mexico’s Proyecta 100,000 initiative.

The U.S. and Mexican governments will organize a series of events to promote the U.S.–Mexico Intern Program, including a study tour for U.S.-based educational institutions and private sector representatives to Mexico, this May. To learn more about the program, please contact ECA- This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Mexico-based institutions may contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Photographs of today’s signing ceremony can be found on the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ Flickr page.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announces that Eduardo Medina Mora has presented his resignation as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mexico to the United States to President Enrique Peña Nieto.

The Ministry has notified the U.S. Department of State that, in accordance with legal procedure, Ambassador Alejandro Estivill Castro, the current Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, will serve as Acting Ambassador until a new ambassador is named and ratified.

After being notified of his resignation, the Secretary of Foreign Affairs, José Antonio Meade Kuribreña, recognized the distinguished labor carried out by Eduardo Medina Mora as head of the embassy. At the same time, he thanked him for his contribution toward maintaining the excellent ties of friendship and cooperation between Mexico and the United States of America, promoting the concept of North America as the most prosperous and competitive region in the world, and defending the interests of Mexicans in the neighboring country.

Secretary Meade wished Eduardo Medina Mora the best of success in his new position in the Mexican Judiciary.

Alejandro Estivill Castro holds the rank of ambassador and has been a member of the Mexican Foreign Service since 1993. Among other positions, he has served as Director General for North America in the Foreign Ministry, as well as Deputy Chief of Mission and Acting Ambassador of the Embassy of Mexico to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs forcefully condemns the death of Mexican national Ernesto Javier Canepa Díaz, which took place on Friday, February 27, when he was shot by officers of the Santa Ana Police Department in California. The incident is deeply troubling and causes us great concern as it comes just after the recent deaths of Mexican nationals Antonio Zambrano Montes and Rubén García Villalpando, in Pasco, Washington and Euless, Texas, respectively, which are presumed to have involved the use of excess force.

Given that these incidents cannot be seen in an isolated manner, the Government of Mexico has called upon the United States Justice Department to accompany the investigation of these three cases through their civil rights division in order to ensure they are conducted with transparency and, if necessary, to make sure that criminal or civil responsibility is assigned. Accordingly, we join the call of a diverse group of organizations from civil society for the urgent need to review the policies and practices of the use of force by members of the police.

The Consul of Mexico in Santa Ana, California met with family members of Mr. Canepa Díaz and their lawyers on Sunday, March 1st. From the start, the consulate has offered them all the necessary support including assistance with legal representation and close accompaniment throughout the investigative process. The Consul of Mexico personally contacted the Chief of Police of Santa Ana and the District Attorney of Orange County and expressed his profound worry regarding the events that took place and asked for an exhaustive investigation and prompt updates on the advances made concerning the case. She also asked for measures to be taken in order to prevent similar events from happening in the future.

Through the use of diplomatic channels, the Government of Mexico has asked the Mexican Civil Rights Advisory Group (MCRAG) to explore legal options to respond to this incident and others like it, as well as strategies to inform the public on the need to review and improve policies and practices of the use of force by police departments whose mandate is to protect and serve members of the community while ensuring the safety of officials who protect them.

In additional to the consternation that the death of a third Mexican in less than a month causes, we are deeply worried by the way in which these events fracture trust between the Hispanic community and the police forces involved. We call upon police officials in Santa Ana to establish measures through which trust can be firmly rebuilt for the good of the collective safety of the community.

In these three regrettable cases, the Government of Mexico will use all available resources to fight for the interests of the victims’ families in order to ensure they have complete access to justice in accordance with the applicable laws.


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs deeply condemns the death of 31-year-old Mexican national Rubén García Villalpando, originally from the state of Durango, who passed away on February 20th, presumably due to shots fired by a member of the Grapevine police department in Tarrant County, Texas, in the United States.

The Consulate General of Mexico in Dallas just learned of the events yesterday, February 24, when they spoke with the victim's widow. That constitutes a serious violation of the Grapevine Police Department's obligations according to the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations to notify consular officials in the case of a death of a foreign national.

Accordingly, the Consul General of Mexico in Dallas, José Octavio Tripp Villanueva, sent a letter to the Tarrant County District Attorney in which he asked him to conduct an exhaustive investigation in order to determine legal responsibility for the regrettable incident.

Additionally, a letter a protest was sent to the Grapevine Chief of Police expressing our condemnation and asking for an investigation into the events. Moreover, because the events occurred near the city limits of Euless, a third letter was sent to the Chief of Police of that city to ask for the results of the investigation that the town will conduct.

Personnel from the consulate are in permanent contact with the widow of Mr. García Villalpando, who has expressed her desire to hold the funeral service for her late husband in the Dallas metropolitan area, for which logistical and economic support from the consulate will be provided.

At the same time, and in line with consular practices, we will provide assistance and accompaniment to the legal representatives that the family of the Mexican national decides to hire in order to ensure that they conduct an exhaustive analysis of all the legal options related to the case.

The Government of Mexico condemns, once more, the recent events that have cost the lives of Mr. Zambrano Montes, and now, Mr. García Villalpando, which are examples of the disproportionate use of lethal force that results in the unnecessary loss of life and erodes the trust that should exist between the authorities and the communities in which they operate.


The Government of Mexico, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, regrets the decision of the District Judge for the Southern District of Texas in Brownsville, granting a preliminary injunction of the expanded version of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) programs.

As a result of this judicial order, the expanded DACA program and the DAPA program will be temporarily suspended while the lawsuit filed by 26 states is resolved on the merits. It is important to note that the DACA program announced on June 15, 2012, which has benefitted nearly half a million Mexicans, will remain in effect as will the cancellation of the “Secure Communities” program.

The Embassy of Mexico and its consular network in the United States will closely follow the subsequent judicial stages of this process. Additionally, Mexico reiterates that these programs are a fair remedy for millions of families and have the potential to strengthen the significant contributions that Mexican immigrants make to the American economy and society.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs calls on the Mexican community in the United States to stay informed on the developments of the review process of this judicial order through official channels such as its 50 consulates.

The Mexican community in the United States is welcome to visit their nearest consulate; call the Center for Information and Assistance for Mexicans (CIAM) which operates daily at (1 855 463 6395); download the free app for mobile devices “MiConsulmex”; follow official social media accounts of our consular representations; and tune in to radio and television spots featuring our consuls.

Additionally, the Ministry warns the community about possible immigration frauds and scams. To date, and as a result of the preliminary injunction, there is no process to apply, nor are there any applications being accepted for the expanded DACA or DAPA programs’ benefits.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will continue assisting Mexican nationals in obtaining consular documents and identifications. The Embassy and the consular network in the United States will double their efforts to provide information and assistance to all Mexican who require it, regardless of their immigration status.


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) condemns the death of Mexican national Antonio Zambrano Montes, originally from the Mexican state of Michoacán, who died as a result of the use of lethal force by members of the Pasco, Washington, police this past Tuesday, February 10th, 2015.

The Mexican Consulate in Seattle is in contact with Mr. Zambrano Montes's family members and has offered them legal and consular assistance in accordance with the commitment of the Mexican government to provide support for the family until the investigation and eventual legal proceedings conclude and ensure that all available legal channels are utilized.

The Consul of Mexico in Seattle has sent a letter to the District Attorney for Pierce County asking for an exhaustive investigation to determine responsibility for the deeply regrettable incident. Additionally, a note of protest was sent to the Paso Chief of Police expressing condemnation and concern about the events that transpired and asking about possible disciplinary measures that could be eventually imposed on those involved in the incident.

The Government of Mexico deeply condemns incidents in which force is used in a disproportionate manner, even more so when that use of force leads to loss of life.

These unfortunate events cause damage to the community and erode trust in the authorities.

The Government of Mexico reiterates its commitment to protect the interests and rights of our nationals living abroad.


The Secretary of Foreign Affairs, José Antonio Meade Kuribreña, will travel to Boston, Massachusetts, this Friday to attend the meeting of North American Foreign Ministers on January 30th and 31st.

During the visit, Secretary Meade will meet with the United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, and with the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, John Baird, with whom he will discuss the most important topics in the trilateral agenda and coordinate efforts to promote competitiveness in North America.

The meeting will allow the participants to engage in a constructive dialogue and make advances in areas of cooperation on innovation, education, security, health and energy, which the three countries have identified as regional priorities.

The Mexican delegation will be comprised of Secretary Meade, the Undersecretary for North America, Sergio M. Alcocer, and the Ambassadors of Mexico in the United States and Canada, Eduardo Medina Mora and Francisco Suárez Dávila, respectively.

Since the North American Free Trade Agreement entered into effect in 1994, regional trade has grown to over one trillion US dollars, representing almost 30 percent of world GPD.

Through their combined work, Mexico, the United States and Canada are engaged in efforts to make North America the most dynamic and competitive region in the world.


More than 12 million Mexicans residing abroad will benefit from a new measure driven by President Enrique Peña Nieto allowing all Mexicans to gain access to their birth certificate, even beyond the borders of Mexico. The measure was announced by the Secretary of Foreign Affairs, José Antonio Meade Kuribreña, during his work visit to the city of Santa Ana, California.

Secretary Meade noted that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has worked closely with the Ministry of the Interior and the National Register of Population and Personal Identification (RENAPO) to develop a way for citizens to obtain birth certificates in each of the Mexican consular representations.

The issuance of birth certificates abroad is a historic step that will benefit all Mexicans communities abroad.

This Thursday, each of the Mexican consulates in the United States held a simultaneous event in which they announced the issuance of birth certificates.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has launched a campaign called "Act now. Come get your birth certificate" to promote the initiative in Mexican communities abroad.

The Mexican consulate in Santa Ana, California, is the first Mexican consulate to issue a birth certificate to a Mexican citizen living abroad.

Foreign Secretary José Antonio Meade handed out the first three birth certificates to a group of Mexicans residing in that California city.

The ability to obtain birth certificates in the United States will be of great assistance to Mexicans who could benefit from the executive actions on immigration announced by President Barack Obama.

During his work visit to California, Secretary Meade will also inaugurate the new site of the consulate in Santa Ana, which is part of a project begun by President Enrique Peña Nieto to modernize the infrastructure of Mexican consulates in order to provide better service to our citizens residing abroad.

The President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, concluded his first official work visit to  Washington, D.C. today, during which he reviewed topics in the bilateral relationship and strengthened the strategic aims of cooperation between the two countries.

During his meeting with President Barack Obama, the two leaders discussed priorities in security, justice and migration. They also spoke about economics, competitiveness and education. Both governments reaffirmed their commitment to build a stronger relationship with a strategic vision to meet future challenges in the region with concrete advances.

Accordingly, they agreed on a series of coordinated efforts to accompany the executive action on immigration in order to ensure that all Mexicans eligible to benefit from it may do so.

President Peña reiterated Mexico’s position that it will respect the internal processes of the United States on immigration and also affirmed that the Mexican consular network is ready to help meet the existing challenges on the matter.

Both leaders agreed that the border represents a meeting point and opportunities, and they vowed to push a new narrative about the border that highlights its positive aspects and makes it an epicenter of shared prosperity.

During the visit, both sides shared results from 2014 and goals for 2015 for the Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation and Research (FOBESII) and the High Level Economic Dialogue (HLED), with the aim of improving competitiveness, academic exchange and the creation of a labor force fit for the 21st century.

Additionally, a Letter of Intent was signed to create the Mexico – United States Professional Internships Program, which seeks to increase the number of students participating in professional internships at businesses with a strategic presence in both countries.  The letter is the first agreement on education between the two governments since the launch of the Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation and Research (FOBESII); the signing of the agreement renews the commitment of both presidents to promote academic exchange and student mobility, also allowing greater connection with the private sector.

As a result of the renewed bilateral consular consultations, which began in November of 2013, the two countries signed a Memorandum on the Exchange of Consular Officials which will allow consular officials to carry out reciprocal stays in the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the U.S. State Department. Priority will be given to positions related to: emergency assistance and crisis management; assistance to victims of violent crimes; and international abduction of minors and programs for preventative action. The general goal of the program is for officials from each country to learn mutually from best practices on assistance to citizens abroad.

During the meeting, the commitment to promote greater development in Central America was strengthened according to the principles of shared responsibility that both countries hold. The two countries also reaffirmed their interest in implementing the Alliance for Prosperity in the Northern Triangle with El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. They pledged efforts to deepen the creation of development opportunities in those three countries through investments in infrastructure.

President Peña recognized the leadership of the President of Cuba, Raúl Castro, and the President of the United States, Barack Obama, in normalizing diplomatic relations between two of Mexico's fellow neighboring countries. He also underscored that the measures will contribute to prosperity, strengthen democracy and promote human rights in the entire region. President Obama recognized the commitment of the Mexican government to facilitate and open additional  channels that will help normalize diplomatic relations.

These concrete advances, which seek to promote a North American region that is more and more competitive and dynamic, reflect the commitment of both countries to prosper together, as well as construct a more solid relationship with a strategic vision that allows them to meet the challenges of the future.


The United States and Mexico have enjoyed a unique and flourishing relationship over the past decades. I am delighted to start 2015 by visiting Washington, D.C., and embarking on new ways in which Mexico and the United States can strengthen our ties in order to make North America the most prosperous and competitive region in the world.

Our countries have an intense economic relationship that is spread over a myriad of areas. Since the beginning of my administration, I have worked with President Barack Obama to create bilateral mechanisms that harness the full potential of our relationship. We are already seeing concrete results from the High Level Economic Dialogue (HLED), the Mexico-U.S. Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation and Research (FOBESII), the Mexico-U.S. Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council (MUSEIC) and the 21st Century Border Action Plan of 2014.

We are steadfast in our belief that the continuous promotion of bilateral trade is a win-win situation for both our countries. Mexico is the third largest trading partner of the U.S., just behind China and Canada. Total bilateral trade between us amounted to more than $500 billion during 2013. Our exports to the U.S. have increased significantly since NAFTA entered into force, with roughly 80 percent of them coming to this country. Meanwhile, U.S. exports to Mexico in 2013 were $226 billion, up 443 percent since 1993. In fact, Mexico buys more U.S. goods than all of the BRICS combined—and nearly as much as the entire European Union. Moreover, 5.9 million U.S. jobs depend on trade with Mexico. Even Mexican exports benefit the American economy: 40 percent of the value of Mexican exports to the U.S. contains American inputs. By 2020, Mexico will have the capacity to build one in every four vehicles in North America, up from one in six in 2012. Additionally, Mexico has begun to invest in high technology exports; we have become the leading exporter of flat screen televisions in the world, the fourth largest computer exporter and a growing pioneer in the aerospace industry. We are interlinked.

To ensure the prosperity of our border we have worked together to improve security and facilitate trade. Every minute, nearly a million dollars worth of products cross our land border. Additionally, our countries have begun several infrastructure projects to make the border region a catalyst for growth and innovation. These projects include the San Diego-Tijuana airport pedestrian bridge, the railway crossing at Matamoros-Brownsville, and six new inspection booths at the Nogales port of entry. We have also reduced average waiting times at the San Ysidro-Chaparral crossing on the California-Baja California border from 3.5 hours to half-an-hour.

Our commitment to education has allowed us to take advantage of the synergies built through FOBESII and between our initiatives “Proyecta 100,000” and “100,000 Strong in the Americas.” Last year, we launched the webpage Mobilitas, a platform to help students find educational opportunities in both countries. Furthermore, 23 cooperation agreements have been signed between Mexican and American states and universities. Altogether, we were able to reach our 2014 goal: 27,000 Mexican students are attending almost 200 universities across the U.S.

The United States and Mexico have recognized that the challenges and opportunities we face on immigration should be addressed from a broad regional perspective and based upon the principle of shared responsibility. Consequently, we are committed to working with our neighbors in Central America to foster development and prosperity in that region.

Over 34 million people of Mexican origin live in the U.S., 22.9 million of whom were born here. Mexican-Americans are socially and economically active members of their communities, and they maintain a strong binational identity. These communities are pillars of the relationship between our countries and will help us build a more prosperous shared future.

My government applauds President Obama’s recently announced Immigration Accountability Executive Action, which acknowledges the positive economic and social impact of Mexican immigrants to their communities in the U.S. Furthermore, these measures will allow immigrants to increase their contributions to American society and live without fear of being separated from their families. My administration will continue to work with the U.S. government by providing services and consular assistance in order to improve the well-being of the Mexican community in this country. In order to raise living standards in Mexico—which will discourage undocumented immigration—my government has embarked upon a transformational path. We have sought to enhance my country’s competitiveness, strengthen the rights of the Mexican people and consolidate our democracy.

Since taking office, my administration has taken on the responsibility of making structural change a reality. We have worked with Mexico’s political leaders from the left, right and center, in order to put Mexico on the path to modernization, innovation and economic growth.

The Mexican Congress approved eleven structural reforms in several key sectors such as education, banking, telecommunications, justice, electoral system, labor, energy, economic competition and public finance. These reforms will better prepare our citizens and businesses for the global challenges of the 21st century and enhance competitiveness in our region. The implementation of these unprecedented changes is already taking place and will make our partnership with the United States even stronger.

In accordance with these efforts, my government recognizes the need to improve security conditions in Mexico. The tragic and despicable events that took place last September in Guerrero have been met by my government with decisive action: Over 70 individuals, including the masterminds, are already being prosecuted, and I will continue to stress that there is no room for impunity. Last November, I took steps to strengthen the rule of law and to promote fundamental reforms in the realms of security, law enforcement and criminal justice. We are focusing our efforts on shoring up institutional strength at the local level to prevent these types of events from ever being repeated.

The United States and Mexico have worked together to deepen our ties and diversify an agenda that reflects our strengths and common values. Together, we must build a more integrated, competitive and prosperous North America.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) and the California Department of Motor Vehicles signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on the effective implementation of law AB60. The law will permit undocumented persons to obtain a new type of driver’s license in the state.

The signing of the memorandum is the result of the new emphasis President Enrique Peña Nieto and Governor Jerry Brown have given to the Mexico – California relationship.

In December of 2013, the government of Mexico began talks with California state officials to establish an electronic verification system for documents in real time. In compliance with all Mexican laws and norms related to the protection of personal data, this system will make it possible for Mexican documents of identification, particularly passports, consular ID cards and voter ID cards, to be accepted as primary documents adequate to identify Mexican citizens applying for the new driver's license.

The memorandum, signed this past December 18th by Carlos González Gutiérrez, Mexican Consul General in Sacramento, and Wesley Goo, Deputy Director of the California Department of Motor Vehicles, sets the stage for cooperation between California officials and the network of 10 Mexican consulates in the state. It will allow is to double our efforts in order to inform the immigrant community of the details of the new law and protect them against possible fraud or abuse.

Law AB-60, which will potentially benefit 1.4 million people, will go into effect on January 1, 2015, and the new licenses will begin to be issued on January 2.


During the past year, Mexico and the United States took decisive action to promote bilateral cooperation on education through the Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation and Research (FOBESII) and Project 100 Thousand.

FOBESII, agreed upon by Presidents Enrique Peña Nieto and Barack Obama in May of 2013, seeks to boost academic exchange, promote the development of 21st century human capital, and reflects a renewed consensus of the public, private, academic and social sectors of Mexico and the United States to invest in the competitiveness of North America.

The Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, José Antonio Meade, and the U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, officially launched FOBESII on May 21st, 2014, in Mexico City in the presence of officials from the Ministry of Public Education, the National Council of Science and technology and the U.S. National Science Foundation.

Additionally, they began Project 100 Thousand, a Mexican initiative that will attempt to create an equal number of academic exchanges for students and academics between the United States and Mexico by 2018.

Seven months after the implementation of this program, the dynamic of academic and scientific cooperation between Mexico and the United States has increased interconnectedness at all levels.  To date, approximately 12 thousand Mexican students and professors have directly benefitted from academic Exchange programs with U.S. universities.

Project 100 thousand represents a new stage of cooperation between Mexico and the United States that seeks to boost Mexican talent in higher education, innovation and research and deepen the relationship between our two countries. It also reflects a vision of the bilateral relationship with a strategic view toward competing in the 21st Century global economy.

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.












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:

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

“The Policy of Human Rights in Mexico”


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 World

We, 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 prosperity

Our 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 opportunity

The 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 issues

We 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 agenda

The 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.


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.


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.


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.


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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