Cornyn Meets With Key Mexican Officials

In: All News   Posted 08/15/2003

MEXICO CITY – U.S. Senator John Cornyn, a member of the Immigration, Border Security and Citizenship subcommittee, concluded a trip to Mexico City on Friday where he met with Mexican and U.S. officials to address immigration reform, border security, trade and water issues. "My visit to Mexico City was an important step in restarting the dialogue between our two nations on critical issues such as immigration and border security,” Sen. Cornyn said. “I hope our meetings will provide fruitful and concrete reform of current immigration policy and will result in improved border security.” Sen. Cornyn met with Mexican Secretary of the Interior Santiago Creel to discuss border security, immigration and water issues and Foreign Secretary Luis Ernesto Derbez to discuss immigration concerns. Also while in Mexico City, Cornyn attended a dinner hosted by U.S. Ambassador Tony Garza with government, business and academic leaders from the U.S. and Mexico. Cornyn met with Foreign Ministry Undersecretaries Geronimo Gutierrez and Alfonso de Maria y Campos on water issues. Topics of other meetings included crimes and extraditions, law enforcement and child custody and welfare cases."I believe it’s critical that we continue to build good relations between the United States and Mexico. If we increase trade and set good immigration policies, both countries will benefit from the additional prosperity that will result,” Cornyn said. in July, Cornyn introduced the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2003, S. 1387, to address the need for better border and homeland security while acknowledging the important contributions that immigrants make to our country."A guest worker program strikes the right balance to recognize the contribution of hardworking immigrants to our economy, to protect them from exploitation under the provisions of the law, but also to help us maintain and build homeland security,” Sen. Cornyn said. “The lack of a realistic immigration policy and ineffective enforcement of existing law, coupled with the new post-9/11 security provisions, could have drastic consequences both in terms of national and economic security.” As the legislation moves forward, Cornyn will continue to work with the Department of Homeland Security to develop and incorporate effective border security measures into the bill. Sen. Cornyn arrived in Mexico City on Wednesday evening for meetings through Friday morning. Following his visit to Mexico City, Cornyn traveled to Cuernavaca for a week of intensive Spanish courses.