Mexico And U.S. Get New Trade, Border Security Deals

Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Mexican secretary of Foreign Affairs Luis Videgaray (center, back) ratified three bilateral agreements in Mexico City.
March 26, 2018

MEXICO CITY — Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is visiting Mexico City this Monday and Tuesday.

Nielsen met with her Mexican counterparts to ratify three agreements expected to improve border security and trade.

 

It’s the first time that Nielsen visits Mexico as secretary of Homeland Security. She met this week with Mexican officials, including Luis Videgaray, the secretary of foreign affairs,

 

“It’s true. There are issues in which we have different opinions. And we might not be entirely in agreement, but we are determined that differences will not define our relationship,” Videgaray said.

 

Videgaray and Nielsen presented three new agreements; one to fight against commercial fraud and smuggling; a second one makes a joint cargo inspection program that was being tested now official for all ports of entry; and the third one will expedite the exchange of agricultural products.

 

“The aim is to achieve efficiencies; to avoid duplicities in the processes,” the Mexican secretary stated.

 

Nielsen said the United States and Mexico are working on over 20 similar memorandums behind the scenes.

 

“No one should underestimate the strength and commitment of the United States to the United States-Mexican partnership,” Nielsen said.

 

The secretaries also discussed immigration, drug and gun trafficking and DACA, but offered no details to the press.