The interior minister of Mexico, Francisco Blake, and the head of the Department of Homeland Security of the United States, Janet Napolitano, signed today two agreements to facilitate the entry of mexican “frequent travelers”
, and to “expand cooperation in repatriation of migrants”.
Blake Mora said that the new bilateral cooperation instruments signed in the Palace Covián , included a joint statement laying the groundwork for a political agreement to develop a frequent traveler program, will provide migration facilities similar to U.S. travelers visiting Mexico.
Agreements. DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano and SEGOB Minister Francisco Blake. Credit photo: ESPERANZA OREA EL UNIVERSAL
He added that with this program, thousands of documented Mexicans who travel by air, mainly business people, meeting the security requirements, can rapidly penetrate to the U.S., thus avoiding the “airport long lines at U.S. migratory stands”.
The Interior Minister said that with this program, more than 84 thousand Mexicans using the Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection (SENTRI, for its acronym in English), will automatically have benefits.
The other document signed with Napolitano is a letter of intent to establish in the near future a mechanism for high-level dialogue on repatriation and protection of the rights of Mexicans, especially in human rights.
Blake Mora said that shared responsibility on issues of border security and fighting organized crime will remain as pillars of the relationship between Mexico and the United States, with strict adherence to sovereignty within the “national and international treaties that protect us.”
In response, Napolitan said the agreements signed will allow “focus our resources for the implementation of the law and order against potential threats which are the areas of greatest risk.”
“In recent years we have had a period of unprecedented cooperation between U.S. and Mexico. We have worked to increase both security as well as our ability for legitimate travelers and commerce cross our borders. We call that safe flow. ”
Blake Mora said that Mexico is leading a fight against organized crime, which has significant transnational causes and roots, so he emphasized that the presence of the secretary Janet Napolitano confirms the U.S. commitment to continue assuming the responsibility that corresponds .
Blake said the agreements signed with Mexico are for better implementation of effective law and order also outlines the rights of the people involved.
He said that the talks between the two governments will seek mechanisms to enhance border security and the search for mechanisms to share information in the data collection.