Aside from operations at the border, officials at the event discussed the importance of aligning U.S. and Mexican Government strategic goals. Congressman Cuellar discussed the favorable security benefits derived from improving Mexican prosperity and security. Along these lines, he discussed the U.S. aiding Mexican operations along its southern border. Similarly, Governor Ducey explained the integral day-to-day relationship between Mexico and the U.S., from the familial connections across borders to the deep trade connections many U.S. states share directly with Mexico. Additionally, Ambassador Gutierrez also discussed developing a mechanism whereby U.S. and Mexican Customs authorities produce a non-legally binding shared assessment of operations at the U.S. borders. Per the Ambassador, the shared assessment would be an exercise that brings forward the shared interests and issues both nations face at the border, which can lead to mutually beneficial initiatives.
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