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Mexican, U.S. authorities hold talks on security and migration

Mexico City, May 7 (Prensa Latina) The Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alicia Barcena held a bilateral meeting on Tuesday with the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

The authorities spoke in the context of a ministerial encounter framed in the Los Angeles Declaration on Migration and Protection, on issues of common interest, such as security, migration, economic and trade issues, the Mexican Foreign Secretariat pointed out.

They further followed up on the Bicentennial Understanding mechanism that represents a new shared vision of security and regional collaboration, which translates into an action plan between the two nations.

They discussed issues related to the common border, which stretches 3,175 kilometers across 48 US counties and 94 Mexican municipalities.

They detailed that this area generates five million jobs, which means that one out of every 29 workers in the United States has a job created or supported by trade between our States.

At the U.S.-Mexico bilateral meeting in Guatemala, the sides also discussed collaboration to expand the use of eTrace, an Internet application that tracks the purchase or use history of firearms used in violent crimes.

In addition, they discussed joint investigations against arms trafficking, to prevent weapons from illegally reaching our territory, harming our people and increasing the insecurity suffered by our families.

70% of the weapons that enter Mexico come from the United States and do so illegally.

The Los Angeles Declaration on Migration and Protection was signed by 21 countries in June 2022 to recognize the rights of people transiting the continent in search of better opportunities.

In the US fiscal year 2023, over 2.4 million migrant apprehensions were recorded at the southern border, a number considered a record.