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U.S. Congressional Delegation Concludes Successful Visit to Mexico

Statement by Ambassador Antonio O. Garza

Mexico City, April 11, 2007 — “Yesterday and today, members of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Homeland Security visited Mexico City to meet with their Mexican counterparts and discuss pressing security issues in both our countries.

“The representatives were Bennie Thompson (D-MS), Mike Rogers (R-AL), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Donna Christensen (D-VI), Henry Cuellar (D-TX), Al Green (D-TX), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Daniel Lungren (R-CA), and Bill Pascrell (D-NJ).

“The U.S. delegation met with Secretary of Interior Francisco Javier Ramirez Acuña, Secretary of Public Security Genaro Garcia Luna, and Mexican congressional representatives. Mexican law enforcement teams also gave a presentation on the challenge of combating and defeating organized crime. During these meetings, which the delegation members described as ‘productive and informative,’ both officials from Mexico and the United States recognized the urgent need for our countries to continue to cooperate to make our communities safer.

“Additionally, the staff of Casa Alianza, which runs a network of shelters dedicated to street children, many of whom are trafficking victims, delivered an outstanding presentation about the dangers that human trafficking presents to the most vulnerable members of Mexican society.

“This was an important visit by our U.S. lawmakers. Open dialogue between governmental leaders from our two countries is a key part of the success of the American and Mexican relationship and a necessity to keep our countries secure.”

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