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Homeland Security Chief Johnson At Pact Signing In Mexico City

Published on 24 March 2014

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by Office of the Spokesperson


Mexico City, Mexico

U.S. Embassy Mexico
Mexico City, Mexico
March 20, 2014

Homeland Security Secretary Johnson at Pact Signing in Mexico City

I’m pleased to join my colleague, Secretary Videgaray, and I thank him for his partnership.

The Declaration of Principles we signed today reaffirms the shared commitment of the United States and Mexico to collaborate on security matters and to continue to promote the economic growth and prosperity essential to both of our nations.

Hacienda (SHCP) is one of our closest relationships, not only in Mexico but in all the world, and I look forward to continuing that important partnership.

As we know, effective customs partnership is the linchpin in our nations’ efforts in increasing security and economic prosperity. And nowhere is this more apparent than at our shared border.

The Declaration of Principles, which builds on the solid foundation set by our predecessors, will take us to the next level of cooperation, moving from a bi-lateral approach to a bi-national approach.

It is built on the doctrines of shared responsibility and joint border management which underlie our engagement. And it recognizes that security and facilitation are mutually reinforcing objectives.

Through this arrangement, our departments will among other things:

• Work to develop and implement pre-inspection programs to speed the crossing of safe, secure cargo into each other’s countries;

• Streamline information requirements and manifest processes, something we are already moving toward through President Obama’s executive order to streamline the export/import process for America’s businesses.

• Deepen the integration of our trusted trader programs; and

• Work with each other and the private sector on infrastructure development and improvements at the ports of entry.

I believe that if we work together in a truly integrated way, we will improve the safety, security, and prosperity of all of North America.

These efforts aren’t happening in a vacuum. What we are doing today supports the work of the 21st Century Border process. It feeds into the High Level Economic Dialogue. And it is consistent with the vision our presidents set forth at the North American Leaders Summit.

Indeed, the work we are doing between our agencies, and the initiatives outlined in this document, are of national importance.

DHS looks forward to working with Hacienda on implementing this shared vision for our countries. I again thank Secretary Videgaray for his partnership and his hospitality during my visit to Mexico.




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Posted 2014-03-24 08:36:00