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DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson Signs Updated Declaration of Principles Agreement with Minister Luis Videgaray

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson Signs Updated Declaration of Principles Agreement with Minister Luis Videgaray

Mexico City, March 20, 2014 – Jeh Johnson, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), today signed an updated “Declaration of Principles” agreement with Minister Luis Videgaray Caso of the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit. “The Declaration of Principles we signed today reaffirms the shared commitment of the United States and Mexico to collaborate on security matters and to continue to promote the economic growth and prosperity essential to both of our nations,” said Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson. “As we know, effective customs partnership is the linchpin in our nations’ efforts in increasing security and economic prosperity. This Declaration of Principles is built on the doctrines of shared responsibility and joint border management which underlie our engagement.  And it recognizes that security and facilitation are mutually reinforcing objectives.” 

Under the updated and enhanced agreement signed today, DHS and the Mexican Ministry of Finance and Public Credit will continue to make progress on existing objectives like developing a single customs manifest that satisfies U.S. and Mexico’s customs requirements for exports and imports, completing efforts to begin pre-inspection programs that facilitate legitimate trade and increasing information sharing to address trade and money laundering investigations. The agreement will also identify new joint initiatives and long-term programs to augment information-sharing mechanisms and coordinate border management—improving the efficiency of border operations and strengthening law enforcement cooperation.

Immediately following the signing event, Secretary Johnson, Rand Beers, White House Deputy and Assistant to the President for Homeland Security, and Ambassador Wayne met with President Enrique Pena Nieto where he emphasized the importance of a coordinated approach to border management founded on the principle of co-responsibility.

On Wednesday, Johnson met with SEGOB Minister Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong, Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam and Foreign Secretary Jose Antonio Meade, where he reiterated his commitment to working closely with the Government of Mexico to facilitate safer and secure crossing of goods and people across the border. They also discussed plans to mutually recognize each other’s trusted trader and trusted traveler programs like Viajero Confiable and Global Entry, which facilitate and expedite legitimate trade and travel between our two countries.

This is Secretary Johnson’s second visit to Mexico in the three months since he was sworn in as the fourth Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security. Johnson accompanied President Obama to Toluca, Mexico for the North American Leader’s Summit in February where President Obama, President Pena Nieto and Prime Minister Harper agreed to leverage existing bilateral border mechanisms to enhance the secure movement of goods across North America, and promote trilateral exchanges on logistics corridors and regional development.

Click here to read Secretary Johnson’s remarks at the signing event.