Media Statement on the Executive Steering Committee of the 21st Century Border Management Initiative
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Today, the 21st Century Border Executive Steering Committee continued its discussion on the strategic partnership between the United States and Mexico on securing the border and improving border efficiency.
The U.S. delegation was led by Department of State Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs John Creamer, Department of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary Michael Dougherty, and Department of Homeland Security Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner Mark Koumans. The Mexican delegation was led by Carlos Sada, Under Secretary for North American Affairs at the Secretariat of Foreign Relations.
During the meeting, they reviewed the status of the United States and Mexico’s plan to modernize and better utilize border crossing infrastructure. They discussed efforts to enhance border security, specifically the effective sharing of law enforcement information to combat transnational criminal organizations (TCOs) operating along the U.S.-Mexico border.
“This demonstrates our interest in deterring, disrupting, and dismantling transnational criminal organizations wreaking havoc on the U.S. and Mexican borders,” said Michael Dougherty, Assistant Secretary, Border, Immigration, and Trade Policy. “Through jointly executed enforcement actions we can break the backs of the criminal networks operating on the southern border. These actions will foster public safety and contribute to a vibrant economy.”
Additionally, the U.S. delegation requested a speedy resolution to the Tijuana River Valley sewage issue.
“We had a productive discussion on improving border efficiency while enhancing border security and law enforcement cooperation,” said John Creamer, Department of State Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs.