Press Release

Rep. Cuellar and Colleagues Visit Mexico on Bipartisan Congressional Delegation

Washington | Tony Wen, Press Secretary (202-856-8750), January 25, 2024

U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar, Ph.D. (TX-28), along with other members of the Texas delegation, participated in a bipartisan Congressional Delegation (CODEL) to Mexico City to meet with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and other officials regarding the historic surge of migration at the US-Mexico border.

Dr. Cuellar was joined by Rep. Michael McCaul (TX-10), who led the delegation, and Reps. Randy Weber (TX-14) and Tony Gonzalez (TX-23).

“I have long said that the United States cannot continue playing defense on the 1-yard line known as the US-Mexico border,” said Dr. Cuellar. “We must work with Mexico to address this historic surge of migration before migrants arrive at the US border. I am pleased to have been able to raise these topics with President López Obrador and Foreign Minister Bárcena, and I look forward to working with our ally to address this crisis. Thank you to Chairman McCaul for your leadership in organizing this CODEL.”

The delegation met with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alicia Bárcena, and Mexican Navy officials, where they discussed the need for Mexico to do more to address the border crisis. The delegation also discussed strategies to increase trade between the United States and Mexico and the need to maintain security and stability throughout the Western Hemisphere. Dr. Cuellar emphasized the importance of coordinating cross-border infrastructure projects that allow for increased commerce, trade, and economic development in Texas and Mexico.

Mexico is Texas’s number one trading partner, with an estimated $285.6 billion worth of trade in 2022. The United States and Mexico traded an estimated $855.1 billion worth of goods and services in 2022.