MEXICO CITY – Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto asked on Friday a US government delegation led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to expedite the reunification of migrant families separated at the border.
“The president asked the secretary of state for the rapid reunification of families separated at the border, while noting the need to find a permanent alternative that prioritizes the well-being and rights of those minors,” Peña Nieto’s office said in a bulletin after a meeting behind closed doors.
Pompeo was accompanied to Mexico by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, and White House adviser Jared Kushner, son-in-law of President Donald Trump.
Close to 3,000 minors have been separated from their parents since April, when the White House decided to adopt the “zero tolerance” policy against undocumented immigrants entering the country across the border from Mexico, a measure finally suspended in mid-June due to the amount of criticism it provoked.
Nonetheless, the reunification of families has not been completed.
At the meeting they also spoke of the ongoing negotiations to update the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) linking the economies of the US, Mexico, and Canada, according to the statement.
After the meeting, Pompeo posted a message on Twitter.
“Thanks Prez Pena Nieto @EPN for the good discussion today about our economic relationship, border & security,” the secretary of state tweeted before he and his colleagues met with Mexico’s president-elect, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.