Washington, D.C., September 13, 2017
The Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Luis Videgaray, concluded today in Washington, D.C., a three-day work visit to the U.S., which started in the cities of Sacramento and Los Angeles, California.
In the nation’s capital, Dr. Videgaray attended a meeting at the White House with the acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Elaine Duke; the Assistant Secretary for International Engagement, James D. Nealon, and the acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Kevin McAleenan.
During the meeting, the priority topic was a discussion on the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). On that subject, the Foreign Secretary reiterated that, in the case that Mexican nationals in the program were to return to Mexico, the country would benefit from their great energy and talent, and it would be the United States lost: “If those DACA recipients return to Mexico, we win and the United States loses.”
Additionally, he pointed out that the Government of Mexico is working with the U.S. Congress to respectfully urge them to find a solution that provides legal certainty to Dreamers.
During the meeting, the officials also reviewed items on the agenda such as border infrastructure, the joint development initiative for Central America, as well as collaboration in the fight against organized crime and labor mobility.
As part of his work visit, Secretary Videgaray also held a dialogue with General H.R. McMaster, the White House National Security Advisor, and members of his team, focusing on coordination between government agencies on different topics in the bilateral relationship.
Jared Kushner, Special Advisor at the White House, participated in both meetings, as did the Ambassador of Mexico to the United States, Gerónimo Gutiérrez.
In the afternoon, the Foreign Secretary met with Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Minority Leader in the House of Representatives, with whom he spoke about the need for a legislative solution to provide legal certainty to DACA recipients.
On behalf of the Mexican government, the Secretary thanked Leader Pelosi for her efforts in supporting the recognition of the contributions that thousands of Mexican Dreamers make to their communities in the United States.