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.