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Press Releases June 2012

  • Ex-Im Approves $1.2 Billion in Export Financing to Pemex, Supporting 8,500 jobs in Texas, California. Louisiana and Elsewhere
    Ex-Im Approves $1.2 Billion in Export Financing to Pemex, Supporting 8,500 jobs in Texas, California. Louisiana and Elsewhere

    Washington, D.C. June 25, 2012 - The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) has authorized $1.2 billion in export financing in four separate transactions to support the export of U.S. goods and services to Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex), Mexico's national oil and gas company. The amount includes a $200 million small-business facility, which will support exports from U.S. small businesses.  

  • Ambassador Wayne Praises Mexico’s Efforts to  Prevent the Spread of Nuclear Weapons and Technology
    Ambassador Wayne Praises Mexico’s Efforts to Prevent the Spread of Nuclear Weapons and Technology

    Ambassador Wayne said this move “is representative of the great strides that the Government of Mexico has made in bringing its strategic trade control system into compliance with international standards, and its determination to participate in the global effort to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and technology. " 

  • Statement by the President on the Supreme Court’s Ruling on Arizona v. the United States
    Statement by the President on the Supreme Court’s Ruling on Arizona v. the United States

    I am pleased that the Supreme Court has struck down key provisions of Arizona's immigration law. What this decision makes unmistakably clear is that Congress must act on comprehensive immigration reform. A patchwork of state laws is not a solution to our broken immigration system – it’s part of the problem. 

  • Sea Turtle Conservation and Shrimp Imports
    Sea Turtle Conservation and Shrimp Imports

    On April 19, the Department of State certified 39 nations and one economy as having adequate measures in place to protect sea turtles during the course of shrimp trawl fishing, which permits those countries to export wild-caught shrimp to the United States under Section 609 of Public Law 101-162 (Section 609).  

  • Changes in U.S. Treaty Trader and Investor Visas (E Visas) Processing
    Changes in U.S. Treaty Trader and Investor Visas (E Visas) Processing

    Mexico, D.F., June 20, 2012 - U.S. consular operations in Mexico rank number four worldwide in issuance of Investor and Treaty Trader visas. This is a critical program to stimulate foreign direct investment in the United States. To more efficiently process visas for investors and traders, the U.S. Mission in Mexico announces two changes in the procedures for applying for and renewing Treaty Trader (E-1) and Treaty Investor (E-2) visas.  

  • U.S. Trade Representative Kirk Welcomes Mexico  as a New Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiating Partner
    U.S. Trade Representative Kirk Welcomes Mexico as a New Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiating Partner

    Washington, DC – President Obama announced this morning that the United States and the eight other countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement have extended an invitation to Mexico to join the TPP negotiations, pending successful conclusion of their domestic procedures. In addition to the United States, the current TPP countries are Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam. 

  • Ambassador Wayne and INM Commissioner Meet in San Jose del Cabo
    Ambassador Wayne and INM Commissioner Meet in San Jose del Cabo

    México. D.F. June 15, 2012 —U.S. Ambassador Anthony Wayne and Mexican National Migration Institute’s (INM) Commissioner Salvador Beltran del Rio met today at the Aeropuerto Internacional de San José del Cabo. The Ambassador and Commissioner witnessed a demonstration of the Global Entry data capturing kiosks newly arrived to the airport and received an update on the unveiling of the program in San José del Cabo.  

  • Send Off for Mexican Fulbright-Garcia Robles Scholars, Attended by Ambassador Wayne and Secretary Cordova, Supports 100,000 Strong in the Americas
    Send Off for Mexican Fulbright-Garcia Robles Scholars, Attended by Ambassador Wayne and Secretary Cordova, Supports 100,000 Strong in the Americas

    Mexico City, June 15, 2012 – U.S. Ambassador Anthony Wayne participated with the Secretary of Public Education Doctor Jose Angel Cordova in sending off 71 Fulbright-Garcia Robles Scholars, bound for study in the U.S. Both Ambassador Wayne and Secretary Cordova congratulated the 71 scholars for their efforts and for their dedication to their studies, and encouraged the scholars to return to Mexico with a renewed commitment to make important contributions in their fields and to support others in following their footsteps 

  • Secretary Napolitano Announces Deferred Action Process for Young People Who Are Low Enforcement Priorities
    Secretary Napolitano Announces Deferred Action Process for Young People Who Are Low Enforcement Priorities

    WASHINGTON— Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today announced that effective immediately, certain young people who were brought to the United States as young children, do not present a risk to national security or public safety, and meet several key criteria will be considered for relief from removal from the country or from entering into removal proceedings. 

  • New Applicant Service Centers to Open in Mexico this Week
    New Applicant Service Centers to Open in Mexico this Week

    Mexico, D.F., June 14, 2012 - The U.S. Mission in Mexico is pleased to announce the opening of new contract Applicant Service Centers (Centro de Atención a Solicitantes – “CAS”) in Mexicali, Piedras Negras and Reynosa.  

  • Readout of President Obama's Calls with European Council President Van Rompuy and Mexican President Calderon
    Readout of President Obama's Calls with European Council President Van Rompuy and Mexican President Calderon

    President Obama spoke separately today to European Council President Van Rompuy and Mexican President Felipe Calderon to discuss the economic situation in Europe as well as preparations for the June 18-19 G-20 Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico. 

  • Ambassador Wayne and Energy Secretary Herrera  Discuss Energy Cooperation
    Ambassador Wayne and Energy Secretary Herrera Discuss Energy Cooperation

    MEXICO CITY, June 11, 2012 – U.S. Ambassador Anthony Wayne today met Energy Secretary Jordy Herrera following Herrera’s recent meetings with the Department of Energy and Department of State in Washington. They discussed the interdependence of the U.S. and Mexican energy sectors and a common vision for the energy sector in the long term, including "moving forward with the transboundary hydrocarbons agreement, growing the transborder energy market, the development of unconventional gas in Mexico, exploring common energy efficiency standards in North America, and strengthening overall energy sustainability. 

  • Ambassador Wayne Meets with  Poet and Activist Javier Sicilia
    Ambassador Wayne Meets with Poet and Activist Javier Sicilia

    MEXICO CITY, June 8, 2012 – U.S. Ambassador Anthony Wayne met in his office June 8 with Javier Sicilia, poet and leader of the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (MPJD) and Brisa Maya Solis, Executive Director of the National Center for Social Communication (CENCOS). 

  • U.S. Ambassador Wayne Meets  Governor of Michoacán Fausto Vallejo
    U.S. Ambassador Wayne Meets Governor of Michoacán Fausto Vallejo

    MEXICO CITY, June 8, 2012 – U.S. Ambassador Anthony Wayne met June 8 with Michoacán Governor Fausto Vallejo. “The governor knows that we condemn criminal violence, so I very much appreciate the opportunity to hear about measures being taken to enhance the investment climate,” said Ambassador Wayne. During the meeting, Governor Vallejo told Ambassador Wayne that “the government of Michoacán is committed to fighting crime and promoting higher economic growth so organized crime can become a thing of the past.” 

  • Treasury Targets Operatives of Sinaloa Cartel
    Treasury Targets Operatives of Sinaloa Cartel

    Washington, D.C June 5, 2012 – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today announced the designation of two key Sinaloa Cartel operatives, Maria Alejandrina Salazar Hernandez and Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar, a wife and son of drug lord Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman Loera, respectively. Today’s action, pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act), prohibits U.S. persons from conducting financial or commercial transactions with these two individuals, and also freezes any assets they may have under U.S. jurisdiction. 

  • U.S. Ambassador Promotes Mexican Investment Opportunities in the United States
    U.S. Ambassador Promotes Mexican Investment Opportunities in the United States

    Mexico City, June 6, 2012 – U.S. Ambassador Anthony Wayne joined 140 potential investors at a seminar and trade show to promote investment in the United States via SelectUSA. The program brought together investors, experts on key issues related to investing in the United States such as investment visas and the legal and tax system, as well as two Mexican companies that have found success investing in the United States. Twenty U.S. states, cities, and service providers provided information to attendees on the investment opportunities that exist in their region and services they can provide to potential investors.  

  • Ambassador Wayne presides Graduation ceremony in TJ
    Ambassador Wayne presides Graduation ceremony in TJ

    Tijuana, June 5, 2012, U.S. Ambassador Anthony Wayne presided over a graduation ceremony for 25 young civil society leaders who completed a 7-month leadership program on community development. The program was organized in collaboration with alumni from the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program and the Interamerican University for Development and funded with a Department of State grant.  

  • Ambassador Wayne and U.S. Trade delegation visit Tijuana
    Ambassador Wayne and U.S. Trade delegation visit Tijuana

    U.S. Ambassador Anthony Wayne joined a U.S. trade delegation led by Assistant Secretary of Commerce Michael C. Camuñez which included several prominent U.S. companies and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Tijuana to advance border trade facilitation discussions and to bring attention to the deep economic ties between businesses on both sides of the border. Members of Mexico’s Federal Economy Ministry and the Baja California State Government also joined several of the meetings.