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.