Washington, DC, November 28, 2016


The Embassy of Mexico informs you that Ambassador Carlos M. Sada began a work visit to the state of Arizona today, as part of the Mexican Foreign Ministry’s strategy to broaden and strengthen dialogue with local and state actors in the United States.


Between November 28th and 30th, the ambassador will visit the cities of Tucson, Nogales and Phoenix, where he will meet with officials and representatives from the public and private sectors, as well as journalists, other opinion leaders and community leaders.  


Today in Tucson, the ambassador will meet with officials from the Border Patrol-Tucson Sector, and will conduct a tour of their detention facility.


Later, he will attend a work dinner with the Mayor of Tucson and other local officials, as well as a meeting with the Tucson chapter of the Global Network of Mexicans.  


On Tuesday, the 29th, in Nogales, Arizona, he will meet with students at Cochise College who have benefitted from the IMEBECAS scholarship program. He will also visit the Santa Cruz county government building and later, the ambassador will meet with Mexican businessmen in the county. Following that, he will meet with community representatives and members of Mexico native clubs in the city.


The ambassador will cross the border into Mexico to meet with officials from the National Institute of Migration in Nogales, Sonora, and will tour the installations of the Mariposa port of entry, which include the SAT-CBP Joint Customs Inspection Module which was launched in 2014. 


The Mexican diplomat will also visit the Aid Center for Deported Migrants (CAMDEP), which is part of the Kino Border Initiative (KBI), to talk with repatriated migrants.


The KBI is a binational organization which was inaugurated in 2009 and which operates on both sides of the border, providing humanitarian assistance to migrants in additional to creating networks that have the power to transform local, regional and national policies on migration.


During his stay in Phoenix, on Wednesday the 30th, the ambassador will meet with the mayor and city councilmembers.


Additionally, the agenda includes meetings with community leaders and Hispanic organizations, as well as a meeting with chambers of commerce, business leaders and state legislators.   


Ambassador Sada will be the keynote speaker during a session of the Phoenix Council of Foreign Relations.


In this and other meetings during his trip, the ambassador will discuss the importance of the relationship between Mexico and the state of Arizona, which trade $16.8 billion per year. Mexico is the largest buyer of Arizona exports, which translates into 89,000 jobs in the state, primarily in the areas of mining and construction materials. The management of the ports of entry in Douglas, Nogales and San Luis are also an important resource for the local economies of both countries.  


Amb. Sada will return to Washington, D.C., this Thursday.