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Latino Daily News

Tuesday November 30, 2010

Secretary Napolitano’s Mexico Visit Focuses on Facilitating Travel and Humane Deportations

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano today visited Mexico City to meet with her international counterparts and reiterate the Obama administration’s ongoing commitment to combating terrorism and other transnational crimes–signing an agreement to facilitate secure and legitimate travel between the countries.

In Mexico City, Secretary Napolitano and Mexico Ministry of the Interior Secretary José Francisco Blake Mora signed an agreement for a program pilot travel program between the two nations.

Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows pre-approved members who have undergone robust background checks and provided biometrics expedited customs processing.

Secretary Napolitano, Minister Blake Mora and Mexican Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Julian Ventura also signed a Letter of Intent affirming their shared commitment to collaborating on a strategic plan for the expedited and humane repatriation of Mexican nationals to the interior of Mexico.

The Letter of Intent builds the agreement of April 3, 2009–formalizing the operational coordination between governments to guarantee a safe, orderly and humane repatriation process.