• Mon. Oct 3rd, 2022

Account of the visit to Mexico by the Senior Official of United States Customs and Border Protection serving as Commissioner

Senior Official serving as Commissioner Troy Miller led a CBP delegation to Mexico from December 6-8, 2021. SOPDOC Miller met with numerous Mexican officials and governors in Mexico City and Monterrey, Mexico. SOPDOC Miller met with INM Commissioner Dr. Francisco Garduño Yáñez and staff to raise awareness of current flows of irregular migrants, ongoing efforts and requests for additional support in key areas, including the air environment, which serves as the primary vehicle for irregular migrants using the air environment to reach the southwestern border.

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He also met with Mexican Customs General Administrator Horacio Duarte Olivares to discuss facilitating legitimate trade and travel across the southwest border and continued collaboration. Additionally, SOPDOC Miller and Deputy Chief of Mission Stephanie Syptak-Ramnath met with Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Director General for North America Roberto Velasco to discuss visa requirements for migrant populations with a impact on CBP operations along the southwest border.

SOPDOC Miller also participated in a summit with the governors of Coahuila, Tamaulipas, San Luis Potosi and Nuevo Leon, which also included the participation of US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor Thea Lee and US Ambassador to Mexico Ken Salazar. In Monterrey, SOPDOC Miller served as the lead CBP officer in this historic regional engagement to expand commerce in the northeastern region of Mexico, collaborate on irregular migration, and discuss critical security issues affecting both countries. . This engagement has included international organizations and private industry who have discussed economic opportunities aimed at reintegrating migrants into the region as a viable mechanism that deters irregular migration. This visit to Mexico builds on SOPDOC Miller’s recent trips to Colombia and Panama to strengthen relationships with foreign partners in the region.