Yesterday, I co-chaired the third meeting of the U.S.-Mexico Security Coordination Group (SCG), along with Director General Eugenio Imaz of Mexico’s Center for Investigation and National Security. We were joined by officials from both countries across the security agencies and it was a pleasure for me to host this meeting with our Mexican colleagues.
The SCG is the primary forum for our senior policy makers to work with their Mexican counterparts and devise strategies to combat the security threats we both face. This meeting gave us an opportunity to share details about security threats in an open and honest manner and to jointly identify strategic priorities such as continuing the fight against organized crime, enhancing counter-narcotics efforts, jointly managing our 2,000-mile shared border, and coordinating to confront new threats from Cybercriminals. The threat from organized crime knows no borders, and President Peña Nieto is committed to implementing a comprehensive security strategy to greatly enhance Mexico’s capacities, and we are partners.
At this year’s meeting of the SCG, we addressed key issues such as:
This very productive meeting reinforced the reality of the binational threat and the necessity of bilateral security cooperation.
Rand Beers is Deputy Assistant to the President for Homeland Security.