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Secretary Tillerson’s First Day as Secretary of State

The below is attributable to Acting Spokesperson Mark Toner: On his first day at the State Department, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made a number of introductory calls to key allies and partners. In addition to his meeting with Germany’s Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, Secretary Tillerson also spoke by phone with Mexican Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia

Learn about Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

Rex Tillerson, a globe-trotting oil executive and engineer, is the new U.S. secretary of state and chief foreign affairs adviser to President Trump. He was confirmed February 1 as the 69th secretary of state, a position first held by Thomas Jefferson and most recently by John Kerry. Five predecessors won the Nobel Peace Prize. Rex Wayne Tillerson was born in Wichita

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WASHINGTON – Arnoldo Rueda-Medina, known by several aliases including “La Minsa,” arrived in the United States today from Mexico to face criminal charges in connection with his top leadership roles in the “La Familia-Michoacan” Mexican drug cartel, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas and Special Agent in Charge Clyde E. Shelley, Jr. of the Drug

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Joint Statement on U.S.-Mexico Relations

The United States President Donald J. Trump and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto spoke by phone this morning for an hour.  The call was mutually arranged by their teams. The two had a productive and constructive call regarding the bilateral relationship between the two countries, the current trade deficit the United States has with Mexico, the importance of the friendship

EducationUSA Center Now Open to the Public in Puebla

Mexico City, January 27, 2017 – Susan Elbow, Minister-Counselor of Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico, joined Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP) Rector Emilio José Baños Ardavín and local authorities to officially open  the EducationUSA Center on the UPAEP campus in Puebla City.  Also witnessing the opening were Martha Guadalupe Laris Patiño, Coordinator of International

Ambassador Jacobson Donates Medical Equipment

Mexico City, January 25, 2017 – Ambassador Roberta Jacobson participated in a donation ceremony of medical equipment at the Mexican Institute of Diagnostics and Epidemiology (InDRE). Along with Secretary of Health, Dr. José Narro Robles, she highlighted the importance of collaborating bilaterally in the detection of contagious diseases and the fight against epidemics, as well as strengthening global health. The

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America First Foreign Policy

The Trump Administration is committed to a foreign policy focused on American interests and American national security. Peace through strength will be at the center of that foreign policy. This principle will make possible a stable, more peaceful world with less conflict and more common ground. Defeating ISIS and other radical Islamic terror groups will be our highest priority. To

Mexico moves forward in international accreditation of prisons; reaches full accreditation of federal penitentiaries

Mexico City, January 23, 2017 – The American Corrections Association announced today the accreditation of 16 Mexican prisons in its Winter Conference in San Antonio, Texas.  With that the total number of Mexican accredited prisons is 58, and all federal penitentiaries are new certified.

Embassy Hosts Inauguration Day Event

The United States Embassy in Mexico invited students, academics, officials, and members of the press to watch a live broadcast of the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States.  The event was held at the Embassy’s Benjamin Franklin Library. At the end of the ceremony, U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Roberta Jacobson said, “Inaugurations are

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Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera Faces Charges in New York for Leading a Continuing Criminal Enterprise and Other Drug-Related Charges

Washington – Acting Attorney General Sally Q. Yates today announced that Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera, known by various aliases including “El Chapo,” will face charges filed in Brooklyn, New York, following his extradition to the United States from Mexico, alleging that he was operating a continuing criminal enterprise and other drug-related crimes through his leadership of the Mexican organized crime

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WASHINGTON – Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera, known by various aliases including “El Chapo,” has arrived in the United States to face criminal charges in connection with his leadership of the Mexican organized crime syndicate known as the Sinaloa Cartel. Guzman Loera is charged in six separate indictments throughout the United States; however, the indictment filed in the Eastern District of

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WASHINGTON – Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera, known by various aliases including “El Chapo,” has been extradited and is en route to the United States to face criminal charges in connection with his leadership of the Mexican organized crime syndicate known as the “Sinaloa Cartel.” Guzman Loera is charged in six separate indictments throughout the United States. The Justice Department extends

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Embassy Statement on Playa del Carmen Incident

The U.S. Embassy in Mexico is aware there was a shooting in a night club (The Blue Parrot) in Playa del Carmen in the early morning of Monday, January 16.  Mexican Authorities have not confirmed any US Citizen deaths.  Consulate personnel are on the ground and are providing assistance.  For inquiries about U.S. Citizens, please contact the US Consulate in

Ambassador Visits Merida, Meets with Grantees and Highlights Participation of Women in Government

Merida, Yucatan, January 10, 2017 – U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Roberta Jacobson traveled to Merida to continue her outreach around Mexico. During her trip she highlighted educational exchanges, human rights, and free speech. Ambassador Jacobson noted: “It has been an honor to represent my country in Mexico. This trip is part of the commitment I established upon my arrival to

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WASHINGTON – A U.S. national was deported from Mexico to the United States and arrested yesterday on a criminal complaint charging him with the attempted murder of a diplomat stationed at the U.S. Consulate in Guadalajara, Mexico. Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente for the Eastern District of Virginia,

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Acting Under Secretary of International Trade Ken Hyatt and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Paula Gant held strategic energy industry meetings WASHINGTON – Commerce Acting Under Secretary for International Trade Ken Hyatt and Energy Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Affairs Paula Gant today launched the inaugural meeting of the U.S.-Mexico Energy Business Council in Mexico City. As co-chairs, Hyatt and

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Ambassador Visits Nogales, Highlights Importance of Border Region

Nogales, Sonora, December 13th, 2016—U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Roberta Jacobson continued highlighting the transcendence of the bilateral relationship and the economic importance of the border region with a visit to Nogales, Sonora. Ambassador Jacobson met with grantees from Jovenes en Accion who work in a program to counter sexual violence and raise awareness on harassment. She thanked them for their

Ambassador Jacobson, U.S. Consulate General in Nogales Donate to ARSOBO

On 13 December, U.S. Ambassador Jacobson visited the Non-Government Organization Arizona Sonora Border Projects for Inclusion (ARSOBO) in Nogales, Sonora to present ARSOBO Director Franciso Trujillo with a donation of $7,000 worth of supplies and equipment on behalf of U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM). Today’s donation will increase ARSOBO’s ability to manufacture hearing aid molds and provide hearing aid services, in

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Ambassador’s Remarks for CBP Inspection Tour and Briefing at Mariposa Port of Entry

It is a pleasure and honor for me to be here today to mark this historic occasion. While the strong cooperation between our two governments has been evident across many areas – from trade to security collaboration, with this event today, those strong government-to-government ties are even more obvious. For the millions of U.S. and Mexican residents living and working

Are you planning to apply for a U.S. visa?

It is important to know that effective Monday, December 19, the Mexico City Non-Immigrant Visa (NIV) Pavilion will no longer provide temporary storage of personal items for visa applicants.  Visa applicants will not be permitted to enter the NIV pavilion with any of the following items: Cellphones, CDs, USBs, SD Cards, Flashlights, Lighters, Weapons, Liquids, Food, Knives, or Bags bigger

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Travel Warning Updates

The U.S. Department of State renewed the Travel Warning for Mexico on December 8, 2016. The Department of State reviews Travel Warnings routinely to ensure they remain valid and up to date. Below is more information about Travel Warnings and what has been updated in the current version. Background on Travel Warnings The United States issues Travel Warnings for many

USNORTHCOM Donates to Three Women’s Shelters in Ciudad Juarez

USNORTHCOM Donates to Three Women’s Shelters in Ciudad Juarez

As part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence, U.S. Consul General Daria L. Darnell presented a donation of household items today to Chihuahua State Government authorities in support of three different women’s shelters in Ciudad Juarez. The items were donated by the U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) as part of their Humanitarian Assistance Program. The ceremony was

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39 Students in Chihuahua Graduate from Access

The graduation ceremony of the English Access Microscholarship Program took place in the city of Chihuahua in the presence of representatives of the U.S. Consulate General, the Chihuahua Autonomous University (UACH), the Benjamin Franklin Corner, parents, and other guests.  Through this program, outstanding young people from Chihuahua between the ages of 13 and 15 took intensive English classes for two

Strengthening the Criminal Justice System through Police Training in Criminal Investigation Procedures

Mexico City, 30 November, 2016 – Four months after the official launch, the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System (SESNSP by its Spanish acronym) marked the completion of the Instructor Training Course for Criminal Investigation under the New Accusatory Criminal Justice System with a ceremony held at La Muralla Police and Forensics Training Centre of the federal Attorney

The Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations Announces the Design Architect for the New U.S. Consulate General in Nogales, Mexico

The Department of State has selected Ennead Architects of New York, New York for the design concept of the new U.S. Consulate General project in Nogales, Mexico. The multi-building complex will be situated on an 8.4-acre site in central Nogales, and will include a Consulate building, support buildings, and facilities for the Consulate community. The new complex will provide Consulate

Mexican and Naval Academy Football Teams to Engage in Unique Military Cooperation Event

Mexico City, November 28, 2016 – The gridiron will serve as the location of a unique show of cooperation between the militaries of the United States and Mexico.  Mexico’s Military Academy, Heroico Colegio Militar (HCM), will play an exhibition American-style football game with the U.S. Naval Academy Sprint Football Team on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 in Annapolis, Md.   “The

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College Fair – EducationUSA Advising Center in Ciudad Juarez

We celebrate International Education Week in the United States the week of November 14 to 18 in recognition of the benefits of an international education and cultural exchanges around the world. To celebrate this week, through the EducationUSA Advising Center the U.S. Consulate General Ciudad Juarez and the Chihuahua Business Foundation (Fechac) held a college fair at Fechac in Ciudad

Readout of the President’s Call with President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico

President Obama spoke by phone today with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to discuss the progress the two countries have made deepening economic relations, combatting organized crime, managing migration, and strengthening the rule of law to the benefit of the American and Mexican people.  President Obama conveyed how much the United States values and depends upon its relationship and collaboration

Consul General and Mayor of the City of Chihuahua Renew Benjamin Franklin Corner MOU

Consul General and Mayor of the City of Chihuahua Renew Benjamin Franklin Corner MOU

On November 9, the U.S. Consul General in Ciudad Juarez Daria L. Darnell met with the Mayor of the city of Chihuahua Maria Eugenia Campos to renew the memorandum of understanding that allows the operation of the Benjamin Franklin Corner located in the Mediateca Municipal in the city of Chihuahua. The Benjamin Franklin Corner was inaugurated on November 18, 2009. 

Monterrey celebrates U.S. elections at binational center election watch party

On November 8, 2016, U.S. Consulate General Monterrey invited 200 guests to watch election returns and increase understanding of the U.S. presidential election process. The consulate held a watch party which featured trivia contests, live music, and other activities while watching the returns come in. Several media outlets covered the party. Consular Chief Scott Cecil addressed the guests about the

USAID awards more than $65 million in new projects in Mexico

Mexico, City, Mexico, November 8, 2016. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) recently awarded more than U.S. $65 million in awards for eleven new projects in Mexico. Its largest award, of U.S. $24.8 million, was for the Mexico Low Emissions Development Activity (MLEDII). This is a five-year activity designed to help the government, civil society, private sector and academia

Remarks by Ambassador Jacobson Foro Nacional – Sumemos Causas

Good afternoon. President Enrique Peña Nieto, Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera, Ambassador Duncan Taylor, Miguel Angel Osorio Chong, Secretario de Gobernación; Attorney General Raúl Cervantes, Xóchitl Gálvez Ruiz, Delegation of Miguel Hidalgo and María Elena Morera and José Octavio López Presa, from Causa en Común.Thank you all for the warm reception. I want to express my thanks and a special recognition

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Treasury Sanctions Individuals Supporting Powerful Mexico-Based Drug Cartels

Action Targets Nine Individuals Tied to the Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG) and the Los Cuinis Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO) WASHINGTON—Today the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned nine Mexican individuals linked to the Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG) and its close ally, the Los Cuinis Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO), which were

100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund Announces Winning Institutions

Coca-Cola Foundation Funds New Higher Education Partnerships in Environmental Science Washington, DC: October 25, 2016. The White House, U.S. Department of State, Partners of the Americas, and NAFSA: Association of International Educators announced the Innovation Fund grant winners of the Coca-Cola Foundation-sponsored competition of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund. This Innovation Fund grant competition focused on creating

Treasury and Commerce Announce Further Amendments to Cuba Sanctions Regulations

Amendments Expand Venues for Scientific Collaboration, Facilitate Increased Humanitarian Support, and Bolster Trade and Commercial Opportunities WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) are announcing new amendments to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) and Export Administration Regulations (EAR), respectively.  These amendments

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Statement By Secretary Johnson On Haiti

On September 22, I announced that we would resume removals of Haitian nationals in accordance with our existing enforcement priorities. This means we will prioritize the removal of individuals, including Haitian nationals, recently apprehended at or between ports of entry. That has not changed in light of Hurricane Matthew. In light of Hurricane Matthew, removal flights have been suspended temporarily.

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The Rolling Youth Camp – Revolutionize your Destiny

The Consulate General Youth Council, with the support of the U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez and La Rodadora Interactive Space, organized the conference The Rolling Youth Camp on Wednesday, September 7, at La Rodadora in Ciudad Juarez. The Consulate General Youth Council organized this event attended by more than 350 young people ages 12 to 15 from public secondary

University Alliance Against Corruption

Monterrey, NL  August 31, 2016 – The Consulate General of the United States in Monterrey hosted a signing ceremony among five universities from Nuevo Leon and Consejo Cívico to fight corruption and promote the culture of lawfulness.   The main objective of this university alliance is to promote a culture of reporting bribes and highlighting the negative implications of corruption through

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U.S. Consulate General in Nuevo Laredo closes early as a precaution

August 24, 2016 – Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas.-  A suspicious substance was found in the non-immigrant Visa center at the U.S. Consulate General in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. The substance was handled in accordance with established protocols. Appropriate U.S. and Mexican authorities are investigating. Consulate General officers believe the substance does not pose health or safety risks, but out of an abundance of

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Tacoma Murder Suspect Captured in Mexico

A wanted fugitive returned to the United States yesterday after nine years on the run. Agents from the FBI’s Seattle Division escorted Gabriel Nevarez, 28, formerly of Tacoma, Washington, back from Mexico to face state charges of Murder in the First Degree, Assault in the First Degree, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the Second Degree. The Superior Court

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Joint Statement by Secretary Kerry and Secretary Foxx on U.S. – Mexico Air Transport Agreement Entry into Force

We welcome the entry into force on August 21 of the Air Transport Agreement between the United States and Mexico that was signed on December 18, 2015.  This new agreement will expand travel and trade between the United States and Mexico, and facilitate broader economic growth in both countries. By providing greater opportunities for passenger and cargo airlines to fly

Northeast Mexico Alumni Summit and Community Service Day

Consulates General Monterrey, Matamoros, and Nuevo Laredo co-hosted a regional Alumni Summit for Northeast Mexico with more than 50 former U.S. Government program participants from the states of Coahuila, Durango, Nuevo Leon, San Luis Potosi, Tamaulipas and Zacatecas.  The summit consisted of a professional development day and a community service day.  The professional and career development day included mentors who

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Members of Seattle Drug Trafficking Organization Indicted for Distribution of Heroin

One apprehended this week in Mexico, four arrested in June in Washington.  SEATTLE – The leader of a multi-national drug trafficking organization was arrested earlier this week and was returned to the United States yesterday from Mexico, announced U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes.  Four members of the organization were arrested June 23, 2016, in Washington State.  Conspiracy leader RICARDO RAMACHO,

USAID Announces Initial Results of Grand Challenge to Combat Zika

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced today 21 potentially game changing solutions to mitigate the spread and impact of the Zika virus.  These award nominees underwent a rigorous review process, and have been selected for accelerated development, testing and deployment.   The award nominees range from deployment of mosquitoes infected with Wolbachia, a naturally-occurring bacteria that

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Makerspace Inauguration in Chihuahua

The U.S. Consul General in Ciudad Juarez Daria Darnell and city of Chihuahua Mayor Javier Garfio Pacheco participated today in a ribbon cutting ceremony to inaugurate the new makerspace at the Benjamin Franklin Corner in Chihuahua. The makerspace is a new collaborative interactive space for creators and innovators of any age that includes laptops, workbenches, power tools, software, open code

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Ambassador Jacobson’s Remarks U.S.-Mexico Border Summit, Ciudad Juarez

— AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY — Good morning.  Thank you to Rolando Pablos for graciously inviting me to share my perspective with this impressive group, which has done so much to build bridges between our two countries.  I want to especially thank Congressman Beto O’Rourke for having organized the first U.S.-Mexico Border Summit in 2015, and for his experience and

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Ambassador Roberta S. Jacobson visits Ciudad Juarez and El Paso

U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Roberta Jacobson visited the El Paso-Ciudad Juarez border August 4 and 5. Ambassador Jacobson participated in the 2016 U.S.-Mexico Border Summit at the invitation of the Borderplex Alliance, where she had the opportunity to participate in a panel discussion in El Paso on trade and security with Ambassador of Mexico to the United States Carlos Sada

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U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Inaugurates EducationUSA Center in Juarez

Today, the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Roberta S. Jacobson and the President of the Chihuahua Businessmen Foundation (Fechac) Hector Jurado Sanchez announced the opening of the first EducationUSA Advising Center in Ciudad Juarez. The center will serve teachers, school administrators, parents, and most importantly, prospective students interested in pursuing an education in the United States. Representatives from local universities, high

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Ambassador Roberta Jacobson at U.S. Mexico Border Summit El Paso

Remarks — as prepared for delivery — Good afternoon. I’m happy to be here with my friend and counterpart Ambassador Sada. And thank you, Congressman O’Rourke, for agreeing to moderate this discussion and for all that you have done and continue to do for the U.S.-Mexico relationship. Thank you as well to Rolando Pablos and the Borderplex Alliance for inviting

Ambassador Jacobson visits Morelia to promote study opportunities in the United States

Ambassador Roberta Jacobson was in Morelia today on her first visit to Michoacan since taking office.  While there she met with U.S. alumni and local students to promote opportunities to study in the United States. She also met with civil society leaders, entrepreneurs and government officials who are members of the state’s Mesas de Seguridad, a public-private partnership to increase

Creation of National Cadre of Criminal Investigation Instructors Critical to Consolidation of New Criminal Justice System in Mexico

Mexico City, July 27, 2016 – Edomex, Nuevo León, Colima, Coahuila, Jalisco, Michoacan and Campeche launched Criminal Investigation Instructor Courses for police investigators, part of a national program to create a cadre of criminal investigation instructors. Officials from the United States Embassy and U.S. Consulates in Mexico joined inauguration events for the program in Toluca, Estado de Mexico; Nuevo León;

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U.S. Expands Initiatives to Address Migration Challenges

Over the past year, the United States has taken a series of steps to address the ongoing humanitarian challenges in Central America, particularly for the many vulnerable individuals attempting to leave the region and come to the United States, while also promoting safe and orderly migration and border security.  As part of this ongoing effort, the United States is announcing

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NORAD, USNORTHCOM and the Mexican Air Force to participate in AMALGAM EAGLE 16

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM), will participate, with the Mexican Air Force, in AMALGAM EAGLE 16, a tactical exercise, to be conducted 26-28 July, 2016, in which Mexico and the United States will respond to a simulation of an illicit flight transiting the airspace of both countries.

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Senior Advisor to Secretary Kerry Emphasizes Innovation in Mexico

Mexico City July 22, 2016- Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State Ambassador David H. Thorne led the State Department’s “Innovation Roadshow” in Mexico July 20-22.  This visit was a next step in bolstering support for entrepreneurship and follows visits by Ambassador Thorne and delegations to Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Philippines. The delegation was made up of a diverse group

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Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Visits Mexico City

Mexico City, July 22, 2016—The U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, Ira Forman, visited Mexico City from July 20-22 to meet with members of the Mexican Jewish community, leaders from both the Catholic and Protestant church, civil society groups, and government representatives who share the mission of fostering interfaith understanding and mutual respect. Specifically, Mr. Forman met with

U.S. Consulate General in Monterrey announces ten awardees of community small grants

The U.S. Consulate General in Monterrey, is pleased to announce the awardees of community small grants. This special competition, launched in January 2016, sought proposals for projects that address environmental challenges, broaden human rights, engage at-risk youth, expand economic opportunity for women or underserved communities, encourage innovation, science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, and strengthen democracy, civil society, good governance

Mr. Hector De La Torre from the California Air Resources Board visits Monterrey

The Consulate General in Monterrey joined the Nuevo Leon State Secretary of Sustainable Development to sponsor the visit of U.S. guest speaker Mr. Hector De La Torre of the California Air Resources Board.  Among Mr. De La Torre’s activities while in Monterrey was a public lecture at the Tecnologico de Monterrey University in which he shared lessons learned and best

US Consul General Tanya C. Anderson visits Universidad Panamericana

Consul General Tanya C. Anderson and her team visited Universidad Panamericana on July 12 to discuss the Consulate’s extensive collaboration with the university and how to increase it even further.  The university is working on increasing the number of exchange programs in which Panamerican students participate, as well as the number of U.S. students who take advantage of educational opportunities

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico

The President will welcome President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico to the White House on Friday, July 22.  This visit follows the two Presidents’ meeting during the North American Leaders’ Summit in Ottawa on June 29 as well as a meeting at the White House in January 2015.  The President looks forward to hosting President Peña Nieto in Washington to

U.S. Consulate General Merida celebrates Independence Day

On June 30th Consul General David Mico welcomed 200 guests from the states of Campeche, Quintana Roo and Yucatan to commemorate the 240th Anniversary of the U.S. Declaration of Independence. Guests included Governor of Yucatan Rolando Zapata Bello and Mayor of Merida Mauricio Vila, as well as other local authorities, business leaders, civil society organizations, universities, consuls and other partners

Consulate General Matamoros Celebrates Independence Day

The U.S. Consulate in Matamoros celebrated the 240th anniversary of the Independence of the United States on July 1st at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Tamaulipas. The Consul General Angela Kerwin welcomed more than 200 guests,  between among whom were government authorities, community leaders, businessmen and representatives of civil civic organizations.  The centennial of the U.S. National Park service

Consulate General Nuevo Laredo celebrates U.S. Independence Day

Consulate General Nuevo Laredo celebrated Independence Day with a reception on June 30. Consul General Phillip Linderman welcomed about 190 guests to celebrate the 240th anniversary of the signing of the United States Declaration of Independence. The event took place at Club Campestre in Nuevo Laredo, where friends and associates who work in partnership with the Consulate General as well as

U.S. Consulate General Monterrey celebrates Independence Day

To commemorate the United States Independence Day this year the Consulate General hosted two receptions, one in Saltillo, Coahuila and one in Monterrey, Nuevo León.  In Monterrey, Consul General Timothy Zúñiga-Brown hosted more than 250 guests at an event with a Hollywood theme, including clips of many popular movies filmed in Mexico. During the celebration that commemorated the 240th anniversary

Monterrey Consulate celebrates U.S. Independence Day in Saltillo

For the first time, the U.S. Consulate General in Monterrey celebrated Independence Day in Saltillo, Coahuila. This was the first occasion in recent times, that the consulate commemorated this important event outside of Monterrey. During the event, which included distinguished guests from government, civil society, academics and private sector, Consul General Timothy Zuniga-Brown announced that the consulate has begun plans

2016 North American Leaders’ Summit

President Obama met in Ottawa, Canada on June 29 with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada and President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico for the North American Leaders’ Summit (NALS).  They announced initiatives to enhance North America’s economic competiveness; expand our efforts on climate change, clean energy, and the environment; solidify our regional and global cooperation; and strengthen our security

Leaders’ Statement on a North American Climate, Clean Energy, and Environment Partnership

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President Barack Obama, and President Enrique Peña Nieto share a common commitment to a competitive, low-carbon and sustainable North American economy and society. The Paris Agreement was a turning point for our planet, representing unprecedented accord on the urgent need to take action to combat climate change through innovation and deployment of low-carbon solutions. North America

ICE deports accused Mexican child sexual predator captured in Chula Vista

Fugitive turned over to Mexican authorities at San Ysidro Port of Entry   SAN DIEGO – A Mexican national captured earlier this month in Chula Vista, who is wanted in Mexico on child sexual exploitation charges involving the alleged abuse of a 12-year-old boy in Tijuana, was handed over Thursday to Mexican law enforcement officials by officers from U.S. Immigration and

Remarks by Ambassador Roberta S. Jacobson after Presenting her Letters of Credence to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto

Mexico City, June 20, 2016 – “Good afternoon.  I want to express my appreciation to President Enrique Peña Nieto for having received the Letters of Credence issued by President Barack Obama regarding my designation as Ambassador Plenipotentiary and Extraordinary of the United States of America in Mexico.  I am very excited to have the opportunity to represent my country, and

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United States Marks Milestone in Mexico’s Transition to New Criminal Justice System

Mexico City, June 17, 2016 – Eight years ago, at the behest of the Mexican people, the Mexican Congress passed a constitutional amendment that required a transition to an accusatory criminal justice system at the federal and state levels throughout the country. Tonight, representatives of the Embassy of the United States will join President Enrique Peña Nieto at a ceremony

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USAID partners with American British Cowdray Hospital to expand Medical Simulation Center in Mexico

Mexico City, June 10, 2016 – The U.S. Embassy in Mexico, through its Agency for International Development (USAID), is raising the level of medical care in Mexico. USAID, through its Office of American Schools’ and Hospital Abroad (ASHA) program, partnered with the American British Cowdray (ABC) Hospital to expand the capacity and the impact of the ABC Medical Simulation Center

Mexican fugitive wanted for rape deported by ICE El Paso officers

EL PASO, Texas —A citizen of Mexico wanted for a 2009 rape in the Mexican state of San Luis Potosi was deported Tuesday by officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). Juan Humberto Collazo Sanchez, 39, was turned over to Mexican authorities at the top of the Stanton International Bridge. Collazo Sanchez is wanted

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United States to Turn Over “El Güero” Palma to Mexican Authorities

Mexico City, June 9, 2016 — Hector Luis “El Güero” Palma Salazar is scheduled to be released from the United States Bureau of Prisons in the coming days.  Palma will be turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which is coordinating with Mexican officials his direct return to Mexican authorities. Palma was arrested by Mexican authorities in 2002 on

Consular Expo in Culiacan, Sinaloa

On May 24-25, 2016, the U.S. Consulate General in Hermosillo held the first annual Consular Expo in the state of Sinaloa in an effort to reach the community there to provide information on a wide range of consular services.  The event was held in conjunction with Mexico partner agencies, Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores (SRE),  Registro Civil de Sinaloa, Education USA

CDC Travel Information Regarding the Zika Virus

The United States Mission to Mexico informs U.S. citizens that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) maintain advisories regarding the Zika virus.  Zika virus is a mosquito-borne illness that can be spread from a pregnant woman to her unborn baby.  Among other effects, there have been reports of a serious birth defect of the brain called microcephaly and other

Graduation for Police Strategic Training Plan Participants in Nuevo Leon

Monterrey, May 31, 2016 –  The Consulate General Monterrey and the Government of Nuevo León celebrated the graduation of 113 students who participated in the strategic training plan for the State of Nuevo León. Governor Jaime Rodriguez Calderón and Consul General Timothy Zúñiga-Brown led the graduation ceremony.  The training courses included basic police skills, first responder abilities and crime scene

U.S. Expands Hass Avocado Imports from All Mexican States

Mexico City, May 27, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Officials (APHIS) is amending regulations to allow the importation of Hass avocados from all areas of Mexico into the continental United States.  APHIS will require that Mexican states undertake a number of safeguards in order to export their Hass avocados, including a

Remarks by Ambassador-Designate Jacobson upon arrival in Mexico

Welcome Remarks upon Arrival at Mexico City’s International Airport *as prepared* May 26, 2016 Good afternoon. Forgive me if my comments are too brief, but until I have the honor of presenting my credentials, it would be inappropriate of me to address bilateral issues. It is a great honor for my husband Jonathan and me to be greeted so warmly

United States, Mexico, and Canada Join Forces to Improve Amber Alert System

Mexico City, May 25, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Prosecutorial Development, Assistance, and Training (OPDAT) and Mexico’s Office of the Attorney General (PGR) sponsored a Trinational Forum today in Mexico City, bringing together Amber Alert Coordinators from Mexico, the United States, and Canada.  The forum aimed to create mechanisms for the international coordination of Amber Alerts

Elect Her Workshop in Chihuahua

Elect Her in Ciudad Juárez and the city of Chihuahua

Nearly one hundred young students from different universities in Ciudad Juarez and the city of Chihuahua participated in Elect Her workshops conducted by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and Running Start with the support of the U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez. Melissa Richmond and Jessica Kelly shared their knowledge on the participation of women in politics and

Did you know that hurricane season is from May 15 to November 30 in the Pacific, and from June 1 to November 30 in the Atlantic?

Be Prepared   U.S. citizens planning to visit places that are vulnerable to hurricanes should be aware of the chance of storms and make a plan in case of emergency. Even inland areas far from the coast can experience destructive winds, tornadoes, and floods from tropical storms and hurricanes. In the event of a tropical storm or hurricane, the U.S.

Roberta Jacobson sworn in as the new Ambassador-Designate of the United States to Mexico.

The former Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs will present her credentials upon arrival to Mexico and officially become Ambassador in the next few days. Vice President Joe Biden presided over the swearing-in ceremony of Ambassador-Designate Roberta Jacobson, the first female U.S. Ambassador to Mexico.

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Oral Trials Forum Attracts 400 Legal Professionals in San Luis Potosí

On May 12-13, 2016 the Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG) hosted its Forum on Oral Trials, attracting close to 400 members of the legal profession from San Luis Potosí including personnel from the Attorney General’s office, the Public Defender’s office, law school students and faculty, bar associations, and private attorneys. Senior litigators from the U.S., including District Attorney John

“Free the Press” Seminars for Journalists

The U.S. Consulates General in Monterrey, Matamoros and Nuevo Laredo launched a series of virtual seminars entitled “Free the Press” for journalists on topics of professional development offered by U.S. experts. The May 13 inaugural seminar on new media trends featured media expert Janine Warner from California. Ms. Warner addressed over 140 distinguished journalists from Coahuila, Durango, Nuevo Leon, San

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U.S. Embassy Announces Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program to Support Entrepreneurs throughout Latin America

Program Signifies Important Step in White House’s Commitment to an Entrepreneurship Network in the Americas Entrepreneurs! We are looking for you! The Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, is looking for 250 young entrepreneurs from Latin America and the Caribbean to bring to the United States for business and social

Treasury sanctions reported common-law wife of Rafael Caro Quintero for conducting activities on his behalf

Notorious Mexican Drug Lord Continues to Use Family Members to Hold His Assets  WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Mexican national Diana Espinoza Aguilar (a.k.a. Altagracia Espinoza Aguilar) today as a Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficker pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act).  Espinoza Aguilar acts for or on

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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Ned Price on World Press Freedom Day

On World Press Freedom Day, we thank the journalists around the world without whom democracy could not flourish and whose courageous work helps hold authorities to account.  These are the men and women who work to ensure that debate on public issues can be, in the words of Justice William Brennan, “uninhibited, robust, and wide open.”  Through such debate we

Secretary Kerry’s statement on Senate ratification of Roberta Jacobson as Ambassador to Mexico

I am pleased the U.S. Senate has finally confirmed Roberta S. Jacobson, our Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, to be the next U.S. Ambassador to Mexico. Nine months after her nomination, I’m pleased to say we are sending one of our finest diplomats to advance this important relationship. As a neighbor, our relationship with Mexico is unique.

Inaguration of Expo Valores 2016 in Ciudad Juarez

Expo Valores 2016 in Ciudad Juarez

On April 28, NGO Programa Educación en Valores A.C. held Expo Valores 2016.  Around 7,000 children, parents and teachers from 39 schools in Ciudad Juarez attended the event and learned about the importance of fostering a culture of lawfulness. Programa Educación en Valores maintains contact with these schools every month through educational and recreational activities that allow parents, teachers and

Fishackathon 2016 Launches in 40 Cities Worldwide

The U.S. Department of State’s third annual Fishackathon begins today on Earth Day in 40 cities around the world. Fishackathon, organized by the Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships, is a public-private partnership that brings together the U.S. government with the private sector and civil society to answer Secretary Kerry’s call in saving our ocean. The event calls on coders, designers,

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United States Supports Mexican Penitentiaries

Merida, Friday, 22 April, 2016 — Courtney Mazzone, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Officer from the U.S. Embassy in Mexico, spoke today about the United States’ collaboration with Mexico to improve jails and prisons across the country during her participation at the South East Regional Conference on the Penitentiary System in Mérida.  Under the Mérida Initiative, the U.S. Embassy works

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Chamber-Led Binational Delegation To Mexico City Makes Significant Progress For Border Region

Nearly 90 Cali-Baja business and community leaders advocate for region’s cross-border commerce  SAN DIEGO (April 21, 2016) –The San Diego Regional Chamber led its 11th annual California-Mexico Trade Initiative to Mexico City, April 17 – 20. Nearly 90 business leaders and government officials from San Diego and Baja participated, reinforcing the Chamber’s role as a coalition builder, policy advocate, and

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U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez Celebrates Earth Day

In order to motivate and instill in young children the need to protect the planet, 30 volunteers from the U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez visited the Jaime Torres Bodet elementary school in Ciudad Juarez today to talk about positive habits that children may adopt to protect the environment. The Consulate maintains an active recycling program and during the presentation,

Científica Tijuanense de la Universidad de California en San Diego visita UTT en Tijuana

Tijuana Scientist from UCSD visits local universities

Dr. Olivia Graeve, Professor of Mechanics and Materials at the University of California, San Diego visited Tijuana to share experiences and advice with engineering students at the State University of Baja California, Valle Las Palmas Campus and at Technological University of Tijuana. The lectures highlighted the importance of STEM Education. Dr. Graeve shared her work on current research projects on

President Obama to Deliver Keynote at the 2016 SelectUSA Investment Summit

Summit to Highlight Benefits of Investing in the United States U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced that President Barack Obama will host the 2016 SelectUSA Investment Summit and deliver the keynote address on Monday, June 20. The high-profile event is organized by the U.S. Department of Commerce and will be held June 20-21, at the Washington Hilton in Washington,

Ofac designates Laredo Drug Trafficking Organization under Kingpin Act

TREASURY TARGETS MEXICAN HEROIN TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION Today’s Action Designates the Laredo Drug Trafficking Organization WASHINGTON, April 14, 2016 – Today, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated brothers Job, Ismael, and Ruben Laredo Donjuan, as well as the Laredo Drug Trafficking Organization (Laredo DTO), as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin

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Whistleblowers can reap rewards from IRS

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offers substantial rewards for information on people and businesses that don’t pay the taxes they owe the United States government. The IRS Whistleblower Office can award whistleblowers up to 30 percent of additional taxes, penalties and other amounts it collects following a tip. If you suspect an individual or business is not complying with United

FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitive Brenda Delgado Now in Custody

Brenda Delgado, wanted for allegedly orchestrating the murder-for-hire of dentist Kendra Hatcher in Dallas, Texas, was taken into custody without incident today in Torreón, Coahuila, Mexico, by agents of the Mexican Attorney General’s Office (PGR), Criminal Investigations Agency (AIC) in close coordination with the FBI Attaché office at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City.  Delgado was placed on the FBI’s “Ten Most

Mexican and U.S. Officials Inaugurate Cross Border Xpress (CBX) – The Tijuana Airport Terminal – In San Diego

April 7, 2016 (San Diego) – Cross Border Xpress (CBX) and Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico (GAP) welcomed federal, state and local officials and dignitaries from the United States and Mexico to formally inaugurate the only international border crossing in the world that connects directly to an international airport.  CBX, an innovative partnership between the private and public sector, opened on

Brenda Delgado Added To FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” List

Today, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced the addition of Brenda Delgado to its “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list. Delgado is being sought for allegedly orchestrating the murder-for-hire of dentist Dr. Kendra Hatcher in Dallas, Texas.  On September 2, 2015, the victim was found deceased from a gunshot wound in the parking garage of her apartment complex. Based on investigative

Brand USA, MacGillivray Freeman launch giant-screen national parks film in Mexico City

WASHINGTON (April 1, 2016) Brand USA, the destination-marketing organization for the United States, will host an evening review of the new 3D giant-screen documentary that celebrates the centennial anniversary of America’s National Park Service in Mexico City, April 4 at the Papalote Museo del Niño. The film, “America Wild: National Parks Adventure,” features Daniel Gimenez Cacho as its narrator and

Treasury Further Targets The Business Network Of The Los Cuinis Drug Trafficking Organization

Today’s Action Sanctions Seven Companies Tied to Powerful Mexican Drug Cartel WASHINGTON—Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned seven Mexican companies linked to the Mexico-based Los Cuinis Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO) and its leader, Abigael Gonzalez Valencia.  Specifically, OFAC designated Agricola Boreal, Agricola Tavo, Desarrollo Agricola Organico, Desarrollo Agricola Verde de Sayula, Asesores

Inauguration of 100th Courtroom Equipped under Mérida Initiative: A Milestone towards a New Justice System

Victoria de Durango, Durango, April 1 2016 – The formal inauguration ceremony to mark the 100th courtroom equipped under the Mérida Initiative took place earlier today in Victoria de Durango in the presence of top Mexican officials including Jorge Herrera Caldera, Governor of Durango; Dra. María de los Ángeles Fromow Rangel, Technical Secretary, Technical Secretariat of the Coordination Council for

Information regarding bringing medications into Mexico

It is illegal to bring into Mexico some over-the-counter medicines commonly used in the United States, including inhalers and some allergy and sinus medications. Specifically, products that contain stimulants (medicines that contain pseudoephedrine, such as Actifed, Sudafed, and Vicks inhalers) or codeine are prohibited.   Consult the following websites for lists of controlled substances in Mexico: (check the “Lista Amarilla,” “Lista

Consul General Darnell accompanied by Ojinaga Mayor and members of the Regional Livestock Union of Chihuahua

U.S. Consul General in Ciudad Juarez visits Ojinaga-Presidio Border

On March 30, the U.S. Consul General in Ciudad Juarez Daria L. Darnell visited the border region of Ojinaga, Chihuahua and Presidio, Texas.  The Consul General had the opportunity to meet with the mayors of Ojinaga and Presidio, Miguel Antonio Carreon Rohana and John Ferguson, respectively. During these meetings they talked about the positive changes that have occurred in the

Check out Our New Site!

Yes, we have a brand new website! Have a look around! The new-look website has seven sections representing broad topics that may be of interest to you. The sections are broken down further into sub-categories to assist you in finding specific information. The Seven Sections are: Visas – For all your Visa needs and questions. U.S. Citizen Services – Providing

Meeting of the Binational Bridges and Border Crossings Group

Mexico City, March 15, 2016 – Members of the United States and Mexican interagency will meet in Chihuahua, Mexico March 16 for the Texas-New Mexico Regional Meeting of the Binational Bridges and Border Crossings Group.  Delegates from the U.S. and Mexican federal governments, the states of New Mexico and Texas, and the Mexican states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, and

USMX-Preneur Boot Camp in Delicias

USMX-Preneur Boot Camp in Delicias, Chihuahua

In order to motivate young entrepreneurs interested in developing technology-based innovative projects, the U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez sponsored the USMX-Preneur camp in the city of Delicias, Chihuahua. As part of this boot camp, entrepreneurs gathered at the Albert Einstein 20-30 High School, where they attended workshops on creating a value proposition and business model canvas to develop a

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USNORTHCOM donates medical equipment for health center in Guachochi, Chihuahua

The Chihuahua Health Secretary received medical equipment worth more than $330,000 pesos from the U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM).  The donated equipment will complement existing capabilities at the Advanced Center for Primary Health Care (CAAPS) in Guachochi, Chihuahua and the Gynecology and Obstetrics Hospital in Parral, Chihuahua. U.S. Consul General Daria L. Darnell, Chihuahua Governor Cesar Horacio Duarte Jaquez and Chihuahua

Monarch Butterflies Triple The Area Occupied For Their Mexican Wintering Sites

A total area of 4.01 hectares of forest was reported, distributed among nine colonies; the tally for the 2014–2015 season was 1.13 hectares.  The news was reported in the framework of a trinational meeting of representatives of Canada, the United States and Mexico. The three countries’ representatives worked on developing agreed-upon conservation strategies.  The area occupied by the monarch butterfly

Mexico Pays Rio Grande Water Debt In Full

The United States Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico (USIBWC) announces that Mexico has delivered sufficient water to the United States to cover its Rio Grande water debt. The debt had accumulated over the course of the five-year water delivery cycle that ended on October 24, 2015. Since then, Mexico has delivered water to

Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meeting with President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico

Today, Vice President Biden met with President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico while in Mexico City to chair the U.S.-Mexico High-Level Economic Dialogue.  The Vice President congratulated President Peña Nieto on Mexico’s continued progress on economic and energy reforms and underscored the U.S. commitment to work closely with Mexico in a spirit of partnership and shared responsibility in the areas

Remarks to The Press by Vice President Joe Biden and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto

PRESIDENT PEÑA NIETO: (As interpreted.) Mr. Vice President of the United States of America, Mr. Joseph Biden; distinguished members of the delegation accompanying him; distinguished members of the official delegation of Mexico; ladies and gentlemen. First of all, Mr. Vice President, as I was able to tell you personally, I would like to reiterate the warmest of welcomes to this

Joint Statement 2016 U.S.-Mexico High-Level Economic Dialogue

The U.S.-Mexico High-Level Economic Dialogue (HLED) is the premier forum for bilateral economic cooperation, promoting mutual economic growth and prosperity, job creation, and global competitiveness for Mexico and the United States.  Today, in Mexico City, U.S. Vice President Biden and Mexican Secretary Videgaray co-chaired the third Cabinet-level meeting to highlight the significant progress made during 2015 and discuss goals for

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker to Travel to Mexico City for The U.S.-Mexico High-Level Economic Dialogue

WASHINGTON – On February 24-25, 2016, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker will travel to Mexico City, Mexico for the third U.S.-Mexico High-Level Economic Dialogue (HLED) along with Vice President Joseph Biden. They will be joined by members of the Obama Administration and Mexican government officials. Announced by President Obama and President Peña Nieto in 2013, the HLED is a

Inauguration of Tornillo-Guadalupe Port of Entry

Inauguration of the Port of Entry and International Bridge in Tornillo, Texas

TORNILLO, Texas – U.S Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson today joined Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto  to inaugurate the Tornillo-Guadalupe Port of Entry and International Bridge in Tornillo, Texas. The port of entry will replace the Fabens-Caseta Port of Entry completed in 1938 and will connect Tornillo, Texas and Guadalupe, Mexico. Officials

Principal Commercial Officer for the U.S. Commercial Service Alan Long participated in the 20th edition of Expo Manufactura in Monterrey.

On February 2, 2016, PCO Alan Long participated in the opening ceremony for the 20th edition of Expo Manufactura in Monterrey.  PCO Long was one of four speakers during the ceremony.  The other speakers included Jose Navarro, Director of EJ Krause, Guillermo Dillon, Director of the local Industry Association and Nuevo Leon’s Governor Mr. Jaime Rodriguez Calderon.  During his speech, PCO

Remarks at The Washington Post Grand Opening Event – Freedom of the Press

SECRETARY KERRY: Thank you, and good morning everybody. And weeks ago – and I did receive the invitation to come here weeks before we knew whether or not Jason would be able to be released, and the others – I really looked forward to being here for this celebration, special celebration of the opening of the building and the moving

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U.S. Department of State Renews Travel Warning for Mexico

The U.S. Department of State renewed the Travel Warning for Mexico on January 19, 2016. The Department of State reviews Travel Warnings about every six months or as needed to ensure they remain valid and up to date. Below is more information about Travel Warnings and what has been updated in the current version. Background on Travel Warnings The United

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Assistant Secretary Bond highlights increased coordination on tourism and migrant workers during visit to Mexico

Mexico City, January 15, 2016 — Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs, Michele Thoren Bond, concluded her five-day visit to Monterrey, Merida, Cancun, and Mexico City today.  The highlight of her trip was leading the U.S. delegation in the collaborative and productive bilateral Consular Dialogue with the government of Mexico on Thursday, January 14, 2016.  Director General for the Protection of

Remarks of President Barack Obama – State of the Union Address As Delivered

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans: Tonight marks the eighth year that I’ve come here to report on the State of the Union. And for this final one, I’m going to try to make it a little shorter. (Applause.) I know some of you are antsy to get back to Iowa. (Laughter.) I’ve been there.

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Opens Registration for 2016 SelectUSA Investment Summit

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today announced that registration is now open for the third SelectUSA Investment Summit to be held June 19-21, 2016, in Washington, D.C. The Summit’s theme is “The Innovation Advantage” and will feature investment opportunities from every corner of the United States for global investors, while high-profile business and government leaders will share their insights

Mexican Cartel Leader Edgar Valdez-Villareal, A/K/A “La Barbie,” Pleads Guilty to Drug Trafficking and Money Laundering

Atlanta – Edgar Valdez-Villareal, a/k/a La Barbie, who was born in the United States and rose to be a high-level leader of Mexico’s Beltran-Leyva Cartel, has pleaded guilty to charges of cocaine importation and distribution, and money laundering. “Valdez’s conviction is a victory for the people in both the United States and Mexico whose lives were affected by his cocaine trafficking,

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Proposals (RFP) for Community Small Grants

The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the United States Consulate General in Monterrey is pleased to announce a request for proposals (RFP) for Community Small Grants. PAS invites civil society organizations and community leaders in Coahuila, Durango, Nuevo Leon, San Luis Potosi, Tamaulipas, and Zacatecas to submit proposals for a grant or cooperative agreement. Program Goals The goals of this

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Statement by Secretary Jeh C. Johnson on Southwest Border Security

As I have said repeatedly, our borders are not open to illegal migration; if you come here illegally, we will send you back consistent with our laws and values.  In the spring and summer of 2014 we faced a significant spike in families and unaccompanied children from Central America attempting to cross our southern border illegally. In response, we took

Building on 2015 as We Look Ahead

One reason for the remarkable record of the New England Patriots is the team’s single-minded focus on the next game. Managing world affairs requires the same concentration on future challenges, for past accomplishments provide no guarantee of continued success. They can, however, lend confidence that, with the right preparation and effort, positive results will follow. As one year gives way

Consulate Employees Donate Blood

Consulate Employees Donate Blood in Ciudad Juarez

November 9, 2015 – On November 9, the staff of the U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez joined the Regional Blood Bank of Ciudad Juarez, the Hospital Star Medica, and the Association of Parents of Children with Cancer and Leukemia (APANICAL) to conduct a blood donation event. The event was attended by the Star Medica Director Dr. Alfredo Riosvelasco, the

Green Projects Award Ceremony

Award Ceremony: Green Projects Against Climate Change

October 23, 2015 – The U.S. Consulate General  in Ciudad Juarez and the NGO Fundación Comunitaria de la Frontera Norte presented awards to the winners of the Green Projects Against Climate Change grant call in Ciudad Juarez. While the facts on climate change cannot be denied, there are significant opportunities to prepare for and reduce their impact.  The three proposals

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U.S. Consul General Meets Chihuahua Autonomous University Rector

October 14, 2015 – The U.S. Consul General in Ciudad Juarez Daria L. Darnell met with Rector Jesus Enrique Seañez Saenz of the Chihuahua Autonomous University (UACH) on October 14. During the meeting they discussed scholarships available through the U.S.-Mexico Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange (Comexus) and opportunities for institutional grants offered as part of the 100,000 Strong in

U.S. Consul General Meets Mayor of the City of Chihuahua

October 14, 2015 – The U.S. Consul General in Ciudad Juarez Daria L. Darnell paid a courtesy visit to city of Chihuahua Mayor Javier Garfio Pacheco. Highlighting the dynamism of the city of Chihuahua, the Consul General reiterated her willingness to continue to work jointly on education and security issues. In their conversation, Consul General Darnell and Mayor Garfio also

Cónsul General Daria Darnell se reúne con Fiscal General del Estado

U.S. Consul General Meets Chihuahua State Attorney General

October 14, 2015 – The U.S. Consul General in Ciudad Juarez Daria L. Darnell had a courtesy meeting today with the Chihuahua State Attorney General Jorge Gonzalez Nicolas. During the meeting, the Consul General learned about the standards for law enforcement agencies set by the State Attorney General’s Office and discussed, among other issues, the services provided by the U.S.

Consul General Darnell during press conference

New U.S. Consul General in Ciudad Juarez

September 21, 2015 – U.S. Consul General Daria L. Darnell arrived in Ciudad Juarez on September 17. Today, as her first public activity, she held a press conference where she expressed her commitment to promoting and maintaining efficiency in consular processes and emphasized the importance of collaboration with the three levels of government, business, civil society and educational institutions, and

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SEGOB and USAID present the First E-Book on Crime and Violence Prevention developed in Mexico

August 13, 2015 – With the goal of promoting theoretical and practical tools for those responsible of the design and implementation of programs on crime and violence prevention in Mexico, Mexico’s Ministry of the Interior (SEGOB) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) present a catalog of 20 publications, the product of the collaboration of the governments of

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Chargé d’affaires William H. Duncan Visits El Paso-Ciudad Juarez

August 7, 2015- The Office of Congressman Beto O’Rourke and the University of Texas at El Paso held the Mexico-United States Summit 2015: A View from the Frontera August 6-7.  Experts in bilateral trade, energy, education, security, mobility and migration from both sides of the border shared their views and ideas to promote the prosperity of both countries. During a

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Science in Action with Dr. Skateboard in Chihuahua

August 6, 2105 – With an innovative methodological approach, Dr. Bill Robertson (also known as “Dr. Skateboard”) offered presentations in the city of Chihuahua August 4-6 sponsored by the U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez. Through skateboarding tricks, Dr. Skateboard explained physics concepts such as the relationship between speed and acceleration to more than 50 families that attended his presentations

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Dr. Skateboard’s Action Science in Juarez

July 30, 2015 – Invited by the U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez, this morning Dr. Bill Robertson gave a talk to teachers, representatives of NGOs and parents with their children at La Rodadora Children’s Museum in Ciudad Juarez. Attendees learned techniques to foster interest in science among children and youth. Dr. Robertson explained how science can be taught in

Access students at Environmental Camp

Access Students participate in Environmental Camp

July 16, 2015 – The English professors of the Chihuahua Autonomous University (UACH), with the support and participation of U.S. officials from the U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez, held an environmental issues-focused camp July 18-19 at the facilities of the UACH Faculty of Arts. The camp brought together 60 young scholars of the Access program for two days, where

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Ambassador’s Remarks at the July 4 Official Reception

My wife Pamela and I are very happy that you are with us tonight to celebrate the 239th anniversary of our nation’s declaration of independence which began our country’s journey to create a better democratic form of government. We continue that journey today as we work to strengthen and defend our democracy. Some of you have asked how long I

Juarez and Chihuahua Jovenes en Accion teams at the Consulate

Jovenes en Accion: Two teams from Chihuahua ready to travel

On Monday, June 29, Acting Consul General Eric Cohan met with nine high school students from Chihuahua who were selected to participate in the sixth generation of  Jovenes en Accion. This year, seventeen teams were selected from eleven states in Mexico. The program will start in July with the selected teams traveling for four weeks to the United States to

U.S. Embassy launches the Merida Initiative’s National Program for the Professionalization of the State and Municipal Police

The U.S. Embassy launches the Merida Initiative’s National Program for the Professionalization of the State and Municipal Police

June 15, 2015 – The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City officially launched the Merida Initiative’s National Program for the Professionalization of the State and Municipal Police in four states – Queretaro, Guanajuato, Durango and Chihuahua.  This program supports the efforts of the Government of Mexico to train members of the police and ensure that they receive basic training to fulfill

Kindle Donation Event

English Access Program Participants Receive Kindles

June 15, 2015 – The U.S. Consul General in Ciudad Juarez Ian Brownlee visited the Franklin Corner in the city of Chihuahua on June 15, where he presented a donation of 65 Kindles (electronic books) to 60 students with scholarships from the English Access Microscholarship Program and five teachers from the Chihuahua Autonomous University implementing the program. In addition to

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U.S. fugitive arrested in Mexico, deported to U.S

El Paso, TX – A man wanted for the alleged murder in March 2015 of a man in Pomona, California, has been arrested following a joint investigation involving American and Mexican law enforcement, announced David Bowdich, Assistant Director in Charge of the Los Angeles Field Office, and Douglas E. Lindquist, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s El Paso Field

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White House Drug Policy Office Honors Nora Gallegos of El Paso

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 20, 2015 – Today during a ceremony at the White House, National Drug Control Policy Director Michael Botticelli honored Nora Gallegos as an “Advocate for Action.” Every year, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy recognizes leaders who are making a difference in their communities through advocacy or direct services. Their work supports the Administration’s

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Sixty Young Chihuahua Students Receive English Access Scholarships

March 13, 2015 – The U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez and the Faculty of Arts at the Chihuahua Autonomous University (UACH) presented certificates to the 60 young beneficiaries of the English Access Microscholarship Program at a ceremony today officially launching the program. The Consulate General funds 40 scholarships and UACH 20 – all 60 young participants were rigorously selected

Donation of furniture and school supplies

Donation of furniture and school supplies from USNORTHCOM to benefit La Gaviota School

On January 22, DIF Ascensión received a donation worth more than $12,000 in donated classroom furniture and school supplies from U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) to benefit La Gaviota primary school in Nuevo Casas Grandes, Chihuahua. U.S. Consul General Ian Brownlee personally attended the ceremony to deliver the donated items.  The donation was part of USNORTHCOM’s Humanitarian Assistance Program to help

Ambassador Meets Chihuahua Governor and Juarez Mayor

Ambassador Wayne Meets with Chihuahua Governor and Juarez Mayor

On August 14, U.S. Ambassador to Mexico E. Anthony Wayne visited Ciudad Juarez, where he met with Chihuahua Governor Cesar Duarte Jaquez and Juarez Mayor Enrique Serrano at the U.S. Consulate General in Juarez. Ambassador Wayne appreciated the opportunity to discuss improvements in the security situation and praised efforts to foster economic development and educational exchanges in the cross-border region.

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ICE El Paso removes Mexican fugitive wanted for 1998 murder of Dutch woman

EL PASO, Texas — A fugitive criminal alien, who is wanted for murdering a Dutch national in Mexico 16 years ago, was deported Friday by officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). Ramiro Adame-Lopez, 51, was living and working illegally in the United States.  ERO officers turned him over to Mexican authorities on El

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