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.