Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Sen. Aguirre issues statement on border conference

STATE CAPITOL, Phoenix – On May 24, Senator Amanda Aguirre led a Bi-National Conference with federal senators from Mexico and elected border officials from Arizona at the City Hall in Nogales to ensure continued dialogue between the two countries, which have deteriorated since the signing of SB 1070.

Since then, several media reports have inaccurately described what occurred at the meeting and what the outcomes of the meetings were.

First, Mexican officials agreed to provide additional funding support for additional security at the Southern border in order to help fight violence and stop human and drug traffickers.

Second, convincing Mexico not to boycott Arizona was a very significant outcome and will help protect the economies of border communities in Arizona that are dependent on cross border commerce. Last week, the Secretary of External Relations Patricia Espinosa Cantellano made a statement that Mexico will not boycott Arizona because of the law. Senator Aguirre was instrumental in making this happen.

Third, the joint resolution drafted by the group requests that if SB 1070 goes into effect that the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights determine whether human rights violations have been committed. This request is not to the United Nations or the Inter-American Court, which has been incorrectly reported. Sending a joint resolution to the IACHR is also not the equivalent of filing a lawsuit.

The participants also agreed that the continued goal of the two countries should be to combat narco-traffickers, human traffickers, organized crime and illegal importation of arms into Mexico.

“This meeting was essential to continuing an open dialogue so that Mexico will help step up and fight illegal immigration from the southern border,” said Aguirre.

“The simple fact is that this legislation does nothing to address border violence, and it lessens long-standing cooperation between communities and law enforcement,” said Aguirre. “As elected officials, we need to focus our efforts on real measures that directly confront the problems at the border. This legislation does nothing for that effort.”

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