August 22, 2019
US and Mexico hold first-of-its-kind border immigration meeting
Kristine Frazao | Sinclair Broadcasting Group
On Tuesday, at a military base near Matamoros, Mexico, an unprecedented meeting took place between the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and top Mexican military officials.
Chairman Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., traveled to the base for what he described as a “first of its kind” meeting, marking a partnership he said is involving into a friendship.
“We also have a commitment from them that they will continue to do what they’re doing and they will escalate their involvement. That’s huge,” Inhofe said during in an exclusive interview Tuesday just after the meeting occurred.
We were on the ground as the high-level meeting place, the Mexican officials compared to the level of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff.
“it’s important because we need the numbers. Our president has worked with their president and has gotten them to participate and be helpful with us and stopping the illegal crossings on the border. That’s never happened before. We didn’t have any help from them in the past.”
For Chairman Inhofe, it’s a partnership he hopes to preserve and is betting visits like this can help foster a mutual understanding they can be built upon in the future.
Sen. Inhofe meets with U.S., Mexican officials at border
Dan Snyder | Fox 25 Anchor
The Senator traveled to the border on Tuesday. According to Inhofe's office, he met with deployed military personnel.
Inhofe and his team then reportedly crossed the border to meet with Mexican national security officials.
Inhofe has long been a supporter of tighter border security, particularly President Donald Trump's border wall. The visit also comes nearly two months after Mexico stepped up its enforcement of Central American migrants crossing into the U.S.
Inhofe meets with Mexican military officials about immigration
Chris Casteel | Federal Government Reporter
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe met with key Mexican military officials on Tuesday and said they had promised to expand their efforts to apprehend immigrants before they reach the southern border of the United States.
“I see this as a major step” in curbing illegal immigration to the United States, Inhofe said in a phone interview from northeastern Mexico. “And I anticipate we’re going to expand our activity with them in stopping the border crossings.”
The Mexican military began its operations in June after President Donald Trump threatened to impose tariffs on Mexican goods if the country did not take actions to stem the flow of illegal immigration.
Inhofe praises Mexican immigrant interdiction efforts
Randy Krehbiel | Government and Politics Reporter
“They said the thing we could do that would help them the most is technical assistance at their southern border in determining who is legitimate and who isn’t,” Inhofe said, referring to the Mexican military officials.
Inhofe has been a strong supporter of Trump administration immigration policy, including the construction of more physical barriers on the U.S.-Mexican border.
He has proposed legislation to pay for those barriers through stricter enforcement of immigration law and recently co-sponsored a bill that would bar those entering the U.S. through a third country — principally Mexico — from asylum status.