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Meeting of the United States-Mexico Executive Steering Committee for the Implementation of the Declaration on Twenty-First Century Border Management

Mexico City, December 15, 2011 – To implement the Declaration on Twenty-First Century Border Management issued by President Obama and President Calderon in May 2010, the United States and Mexico are working in the spirit of mutual respect and mutual responsibility through collaborative and coordinated actions across a wide range of border-related activities to enhance economic prosperity and security for our citizens.

Through the binational Executive Steering Committee (ESC) we are developing and managing our shared border in an integrated fashion to facilitate the secure, efficient, and rapid flows of goods and people and reduce the costs of doing business between our two countries. 

We recognize the bilateral accomplishments implementing the ESC’s Action Plan for 2011, which include expanding the use of trusted traveler programs by launching the Global Entry Program; advancing the San Ysidro-Tijuana port of entry expansion project to significantly increase capacity at the world’s busiest land border crossing; beginning construction on the Tornillo-Guadalupe Bridge project to replace an outdated two-lane span with a modern, six-lane international bridge; increasing the number of northbound commercial inspection lanes at the Nuevo Laredo - Laredo World Trade Bridge, the single most important truck crossing on the U.S.-Mexico border; breaking ground on the Matamoros-Brownsville West Rail Bypass project, an innovative project to increase rail crossing efficiency by routing trains outside of the downtown area; and completing border wait time studies at Otay Mesa, California – Mesa de Otay, Baja California, and Pharr, Texas – Reynosa, Tamaulipas.

Today the ESC adopted the 2012 Action Plan that establishes specific goals for the next twelve months in the border region.  The ESC also adopted the Border Violence Prevention Protocols, which serve as a framework for a holistic approach to both preventing and responding to violence at our mutual border and the binational Corridor Security Statement, which advances our joint approach to 21st century border management.

In 2012 the ESC intends to finalize Phase I and Phase II of the Nogales-Mariposa crossing in Arizona-Sonora, increasing the number of commercial vehicle inspection lanes; conclude construction of the West Rail Bypass project between Brownsville, Texas and Matamoros, Tamaulipas; continue to improve binational stakeholder interaction and outreach mechanisms; jointly review analysis of commercial and passenger wait time studies and proposed solutions for El Paso border crossings; implement the Border Violence Prevention Protocols and review progress on threat assessments, coordinated actions to monitor our shared border, and regional coordination; and finalize the Strategy for Coordinated Investigations.

Through these and other initiatives, the United States and Mexico reaffirm our Leaders’ commitment to transform the management of our shared border to enhance economic competitiveness, strengthen public safety, facilitate lawful trade and travel, and disrupt and dismantle illicit activities and transnational criminal organizations.