Wednesday, the consulates of Mexico to the United States in Del Rio and Eagle Pass, and the Consulate of Guatemala to the U.S. in Del Rio, gathered with representatives of federal departments and local organizations to share ideas and to promote better communication with each other.
The Northern Triangle of Central America and Mexico (TRICAMEX) meeting was held in the Texas Community Bank Community Hall starting at 10:30 a.m. Representatives from the U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Val Verde County Sheriff’s Office and other organizations were present to offer their perspective on better communication.
TRICAMEX was established in McAllen, Texas in December of 2015. The purpose of the meeting is to provide citizens from Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico humanitarian aid, better acces s to healthcare and other local resources.
TRICAMEX also helps in the search of migrants who disappear while trying to cross or after crossing the border illegally.
Consulate of Guatemala in Del Rio Head Consul Tekandi Paniagua opened up the meeting. “This will help send a powerful message of unity and amnesty as we work together for humanitarian aid,” Paniagua said.
Paniagua said the alliance between organizations is important. “It is important to try mechanisms that better the education, health, economic and legal production of our communities,” Paniagua said.
Consulate of Mexico in Del Rio Head Consul Carlos Obrador said it is important to continue this type of communication and to address issues currently taking place in Eagle Pass and Del Rio. “It is a matter of exchanging (information), because the various consulates and the United States face similar problems,” Obrador said.
“This is not to say we (the various consulates and organizations present) began communicating recently. We are frequently in contact with each other,” Consulate of Mexico in Eagle Pass Head Consul Ismael Naveja said.
Naveja addressed the audience on the importance of meeting and knowing each other, because the meeting was a representation of their day to day activities. The meeting ended at 1:30 after everyone present followed up to a presentation and commentary.