AMI Meets With Mexican Government Officials on Immigration ReformFriday, August 10, 2001
AMI discussed immigration reform legislation pending before the U.S. Congress in a meeting yesterday with senior officials from the Mexican government. Mexican Foreign Secretary Jorge Castaneda was in Washington, DC, to meet with his counterpart, Secretary of State Colin Powell, and Attorney General John Ashcroft to continue discussions about Mexican immigrants in preparation for the September meeting in Texas between President Bush and Mexican President Vicente Fox. Castaneda and the high level delegation from Mexico met yesterday with the Essential Worker Immigration Coalition, of which AMI is a member. During the discussion with Castaneda and Mexican Ambassador Juan Jose Bremer, AMI President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle conveyed the Institute’s support for a legalization process for the estimated 3 million Mexicans working in the U.S. without appropriate documentation. Also discussed at the meeting was the possible establishment of a multi-year visa program that would allow low and mid-skilled Mexican workers to work in the U.S. permanently, rather than seasonally. In response, the Mexican officials affirmed their support for both legislative proposals.