Sen. Cruz, Colleagues to Introduce U.S.-Mexico Relations Resolution
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Sens. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Bill Haggerty (R-Tenn.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) intend to introduce a resolution this week reaffirming their support for strengthened U.S.-Mexico Relations, including encouraging the Biden Administration to address the crisis at the southern border and furthering economic engagement.
About the resolution, Sen. Cruz said:
“The breakdown of the rule of law across our southern border poses acute national security challenges and dangers to the United States, on issues ranging from counter-narcotics to illegal immigration. President Lopez Obrador seems intent on making all of these trends worse while stifling any dissent or criticism. This resolution demonstrates that Congress will ensure that US policy monitors and addresses these reckless policies. This resolution is a fitting reminder to him as he lands tomorrow: we intend to hold him and his administration accountable.”
- Reaffirms support for mutually beneficial U.S.-Mexico relations, including stronger economic engagement;
- Expresses concerns about the worsening investment climate in Mexico and encourages the Biden Administration to defend U.S. economic interests by upholding the integrity of the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement;
- Urges the Biden Administration to address the humanitarian and security crisis at the U.S. southern border by establishing effective immigration controls in the United States, targeting U.S. foreign assistance efforts to strengthen border security and migration management capacities in the region, and leveraging existing bilateral extradition treaties and the Palermo Protocols to prosecute transnational criminal actors facilitating illegal migration to the United States;
- Calls for the prioritization of a detailed plan to reduce the production and trafficking of illicit narcotics in Mexico, including fentanyl originating in China; and
- Encourages the government of Mexico to also take action to address the items above.
Read the full text of the resolution here.