11-30-18 US Senator Bennet: Ahead of VP Pence visit to Mexico, Bennet, Menendez, Leahy & Kaine Encourage U.S. Commitment to Improving U.S.-Mexico Relations

Ahead of VP Pence visit to Mexico, Bennet, Menendez, Leahy & Kaine Encourage U.S. Commitment to Improving U.S.-Mexico Relations

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Tim Kaine (D-VA) today sent a letter to Vice President Mike Pence encouraging him to use his visit to Mexico to reaffirm U.S. commitment to building a bilateral partnership that advances the prosperity and well-being of the people of both nations.

“The United States and Mexico share a bond deeper than just our close geography,” the senators wrote. “Our countries are bound by our shared culture, history, and decades of close cooperation on economic and security issues. However, this relationship and U.S. public standing in Mexico have suffered in the last two years due to the tremendous damage President Trump has caused to U.S.-Mexico relations.”

Citing the current events at the U.S.-Mexico border, the senators also highlighted the need for a collaborative response to the challenges posed by regional migration in a manner that meets domestic and international legal standards and ensures appropriate protections for vulnerable populations.

“On the eve of President-elect López Obrador’s inauguration, as Mexico prepares to embark on a new era, your visit provides a unique opportunity to reframe bilateral relations in a manner that upholds our two nations’ shared democratic values and common commitment to prosperity and security,”concluded the senators.

The full text of the letter is available HERE.