• At the official residence of Los Pinos, they discussed the economic and social exchange between Mexico and California.
  • The president confirmed the government’s commitment to the protection and respect for the rights of Mexicans in the United States.

President Enrique Peña Nieto met today at the official residence of Los Pinos with a delegation of California lawmakers, led by the President Pro Tempore of the California Senate Kevin de Leon, with whom he discussed the economic and social exchange between Mexico and California.

The US lawmakers hailed the structural reforms undertaken in Mexico, as well as its environmental protection and energy efficiency measures and programs.

The president confirmed the government’s commitment to the protection and respect for the rights of Mexicans in the United States. He recalled that Mexico has 50 consulates in the United States, 10 of which are located in the state of California.

The Mexican president and the lawmakers referred mentioned the size and dimension of the California economy in relation to its ethnic diversity.

They noted that the dynamism of trade between Mexico and California, amounting to $71.9 billion USD annually, contributes to the development and prosperity of both societies.

President Peña Nieto and the US lawmakers also discussed various measures to expedite traffic at the border, for both people and vehicles and goods.

The lawmakers also acknowledged the work and contributions of the Mexican community living in California.

The president and the California lawmakers also welcomed the increasing exchange of teachers and students between Mexico and California through the binational program Project 100,000.

This meeting with President Enrique Peña Nieto is part of the government’s efforts to approach key players in the United States, in order to promote the value of our country and fellow countrymen residing in that country.

The delegation of California lawmakers comprised Senators Fran Pavley, Chair of the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee; Marty Block, Chair of Subcommittee No.1 on Education; Ben Hueso, Chair of the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee; and Benjamin Allen, Chair of the Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee together with Assemblymen Jose Medina, Chair of the Higher Education Committee; and Rudy Salas, Chair of the Business and Professions Committee.

President Peña Nieto was accompanied by Foreign Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu; Head of the President’s Office Francisco Guzman Ortiz, and the Chief of the President’s Advisors, Carlos Pérez Verdía.