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Press Releases July 2014

  • California and Mexico Sign MOU to Increase Educational Exchanges
    California and Mexico Sign MOU to Increase Educational Exchanges

    Mexico City, July 30, 2014 – “Our governments have placed education at the top of our bilateral priorities because we understand that developing a 21st century workforce is essential to helping our industries remain at the forefront in terms of innovation” – said Ambassador Anthony Wayne during the signing of a California-Mexico Memorandum of Understanding on Higher Education. 

  • California and Mexico Sign Agreement on Climate Change
    California and Mexico Sign Agreement on Climate Change

    Mexico City, July 28, 2014 – California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Under Secretary of Environment Rodolfo Lacy, and Jorge Rescala Perez, Director General for Mexico’s National Forest Commission (CONAFOR), signed an agreement on climate change and environment in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

  • Embassy Co-Sponsors First Anti TIP Bike Rally
    Embassy Co-Sponsors First Anti TIP Bike Rally

    Mexico City, July 27, 2014 –The U.S. Embassy, along with the Colectivo Contra la Trata de Personas, and the Government of Mexico City co-sponsored a bicycle rally against human trafficking on Sunday, July 27 from 10:00am to 1:00pm in the DF.  

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    Fact Sheet: Visit of President Perez Molina of Guatemala, President Hernandez of Honduras, and President Sanchez Ceren of El Salvador

    On July 25, the President and Vice President hosted Presidents Otto Perez Molina of Guatemala, Juan Orlando Hernandez of Honduras, and Salvador Sanchez Ceren of El Salvador to discuss how the United States and Central American governments are cooperating to disrupt smuggling organizations and promote safe, legal, and orderly migration. 

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    Readout of President Obama’s Call to President Peña Nieto of Mexico

    Washington, D.C., July 24, 2014 - President Obama spoke by phone with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto in advance of his meeting with the Presidents of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. They followed up on earlier discussions on a coordinated policy addressing the influx of unaccompanied children coming from Central America, through Mexico, to the U.S.-Mexico border.  

  • FDA, SENASICA & COFEPRIS officials
    The United States and Mexico sign statement of intent to strengthen produce safety

    Mexico City, July 24, 2014 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the government of Mexico’s National Service for Agro-Alimentary Public Health, Safety and Quality (SENASICA) and Federal Commission for the Protection from Sanitary Risks (COFEPRIS) signed a statement of intent forming a partnership to promote the safety of fresh and minimally processed agricultural products. 

  • ICE repatriates 2 Mexican murder suspects captured in Los Angeles area
    ICE repatriates 2 Mexican murder suspects captured in Los Angeles area

    SAN DIEGO — Two Mexican nationals captured recently in Los Angeles, who are wanted on murder charges in their native country, were turned over Tuesday to Mexican law enforcement personnel at a San Diego-area border crossing by officers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). 

  • Secretary Johnson Announces 192 Criminal Arrests in Ongoing ICE Operation to Crack Down on Human Smuggling to the Rio Grande Valley
    Secretary Johnson Announces 192 Criminal Arrests in Ongoing ICE Operation to Crack Down on Human Smuggling to the Rio Grande Valley

    WASHINGTON — As part of the U.S. Government’s aggressive campaign to respond to the recent rise in illegal migration into South Texas, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, joined by U.S. Deputy Attorney General James Cole, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Thomas Winkowski, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Acting Operations Division Deputy Chief Jaime Salazar, today announced the progress of ongoing enforcement efforts by ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the United States Department of Justice to target human smuggling networks in the Rio Grande Valley. 

  • Innovation Challenge Mexican Finalists Announced
    Innovation Challenge Mexican Finalists Announced

    Mexico City, July 22, 2014 – Two Mexican companies reached the final stage of the "Pathways to Prosperity" Innovation Challenge and have been named as two of the top twelve finalists.  

  •  Counselor Shannon To Travel to Central America
    Counselor Shannon To Travel to Central America

    Ambassador Thomas A. Shannon, Counselor of the Department of State, will travel to San Salvador, El Salvador as well as San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa, Honduras, from July 22-24. 

  • OPDAT Training Merida
    OPDAT Training Merida

    Mexico City, July 22 2014 – The Department of Justice’s Office of Prosecutorial Development, Assistance, and Training (OPDAT) and the Mexican Office of the Attorney General (PGR) formally inaugurated its first two-week train the trainers course for specialized federal investigators on July 21 in a ceremony in Merida.  

  • Amb. Shannon and other officials in Tapachula
    Counselor Shannon Visits Mexico: Trip Focus on Unaccompanied Minors Migrating to U.S.

    Mexico City, July 16, 2014- Ambassador Thomas A. Shannon, Counselor of the Department of State and coordinator of unaccompanied migrant children issues, traveled to Mexico to talk with government officials, and to meet Central American migrants. 

  • Press Release
    West Virginia Businesses Embark on Trade Mission to Mexico

    MEXICO CITY, MEXICO, July 16, 2014 — Nine West Virginia businesses are on a mission to expand exports to Mexico. The trade mission is being led by the West Virginia Development Office International Division in cooperation with the U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce. 

  • Jovenes en Accion Depart for United States, Begin Yearlong Program to Lead Community Service Projects
    Jovenes en Accion Depart for United States, Begin Yearlong Program to Lead Community Service Projects

    México, D.F, a 14 de Julio de 2014 – On Saturday, 102 high school students from 16 Mexican states departed for a four-week trip to the United States, where they will begin a yearlong journey to make a positive impact in their communities through team-based projects.  

  •  Pathways to Prosperity Innovation Challenge Announces 12 Finalists for USD 2 Million Competition
    Pathways to Prosperity Innovation Challenge Announces 12 Finalists for USD 2 Million Competition

    The U.S. Department of State, in partnership with the World Environment Center (WEC), announced twelve (12) finalists of the Pathways to Prosperity Innovation Challenge today. The Challenge was created to discover existing local, high-impact solutions that empower small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Latin America and the Caribbean to advance economic development and prosperity. 

  • ICE repatriates man wanted in Mexico on murder charges
    ICE repatriates man wanted in Mexico on murder charges

    A Mexican national captured in Mecca, California, who is charged in his native country with murder, was turned over to Mexican law enforcement personnel Tuesday at a San Diego-area border crossing by officers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). 

  • Embassy Statement
    Embassy Statement

    Mexico City, July 08, 2014 – We applaud yesterday’s announcement by Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto regarding Mexico’s strategy for its southern border. The Mexican government has been working on this strategy for more than a year, and has routinely briefed the U.S. government on Mexico’s objectives.  

  • U.S.-Mexico Consular Dialogue: Deepening ties between Mexico and the United States
    U.S.-Mexico Consular Dialogue: Deepening ties between Mexico and the United States

    Mexico City, July 7, 2014 – Acting Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs Michele T. Bond led a U.S. delegation participating in a follow-up meeting on the Consular Dialogue with the Government of Mexico on July 2, 2014. 

  • Ambassador’s Remarks at the July 4 Official Reception
    Ambassador’s Remarks at the July 4 Official Reception

    My wife Pam and I are very pleased to welcome you to our home tonight to join us in celebrating our nation’s declaration of independence 238 years ago. 

  • U.S. Department of Justice Concludes Training for Mexican Investigators and Prosecutors
    U.S. Department of Justice Concludes Training for Mexican Investigators and Prosecutors

    Mexico City, Jul 3, 2014 – In a ceremony on JULY 3rd, the Department of Justice’s Office of Prosecutorial Development, Assistance, and Training (OPDAT) formally concluded its first two-week train the trainers course for four states of the Escudo Centro program in Puebla. The Attorney Generals from Puebla and Mexico City presided over the ceremony.  

  • Strong Contingent of Mexican Students Celebrate Receiving U.S. Visas
    Strong Contingent of Mexican Students Celebrate Receiving U.S. Visas

    Mexico City, Jul 3, 2014 – Over 200 students received student visas today at the US Embassy in Mexico City, as part of the Bilateral Mexico-US Forum on Higher Education, Innovation and Research (FOBESII), an initiative announced by Presidents’ Enrique Pena Nieto and Barack Obama that aims to expand opportunities for educational exchanges, partnerships and cross-border scientific research and innovation. 

  • Ambassador Wayne and Consul General Pomper Dedicate New U.S. Consulate General in Monterrey, Mexico
    Ambassador Wayne and Consul General Pomper Dedicate New U.S. Consulate General in Monterrey, Mexico

    In an important symbol of our commitment and enduring relationship with Mexico, U.S. Ambassador to Mexico E. Anthony Wayne; the Department of State’s Under Secretary for Management Patrick Kennedy; and Consul General Joseph M. Pomper, alongside Mexican dignitaries, hosted a dedication for the new U.S. Consulate General in Monterrey today. The dedication ceremony was followed by the Consulate’s celebration of the United States’ 238th Independence Day.  

  • Ambassador Wayne Discusses Security, Economy and Education with Nuevo Léon Governor Rodrigo Medina de la Cruz
    Ambassador Wayne Discusses Security, Economy and Education with Nuevo Léon Governor Rodrigo Medina de la Cruz

    During his July 2 visit to Monterrey, Ambassador Wayne had a productive discussion with Nuevo Léon Governor Rodrigo Medina and his senior advisors on security, economic and education initiatives, U.S. cooperation with the state, and a variety of other topics of mutual interest. Ambassador Wayne thanked the Governor for his support with the Consulate’s move and his commitment to provide security resources for our facilities and staff.  

  • CBP Commissioner Discusses Dangers of Crossing U.S. Border, Awareness Campaign
    CBP Commissioner Discusses Dangers of Crossing U.S. Border, Awareness Campaign

    Today, U. S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske discussed the Dangers Awareness Campaign, an aggressive Spanish language outreach effort and an urgent call to action to community groups, the media, parents and relatives in the U.S. and Central America to save and protect the lives of migrant children attempting to cross the southwest border. 

  • Embassy, AmCham and USPO partner to provide Mexican Officials Advanced Workshop to Combat Piracy
    Embassy, AmCham and USPO partner to provide Mexican Officials Advanced Workshop to Combat Piracy

    Mexico City, July 1, 2014 – The U.S. Embassy, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the American Chamber Mexico hosted an intellectual property workshop designed to combat illegal market places that sell counterfeit and pirated goods to the public.