Statement by Secretary Pompeo on the caravan of migrants and their meeting with the president of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo
Secretary of State

Mexico City International Airport, Mexico October 19, 2018

SECRETARY POMPEO: I just wanted to give you a little bit of a readout on my meeting with President Pena Nieto. It was a good conversation. We are jointly very focused on the caravanthat is making its way through. The Mexican Government ismaking all the decisions about how to address this, and they are fully engaged. They sent 500 federales down to the southernborder.

I want to express my sympathy to them. They’ve had fourpolicemen injured already, as they have reported it. Weunderstand that to be accurate. We don’t know the severity of those injuries, but I want to express my sympathy to those fourpolicemen. That’s evidence of what this really is. This is a group, a large group of people; they are putting women and children in front of the caravan to use as shields as they maketheir way through. This is an organized effort to come throughand violate the sovereignty of Mexico, and so we’re prepared to do all that we can to support the decisions that Mexico makesabout how they’re going to address this very serious and important issue to their country.

So it was a good discussion. We talked about a handful of otherthings as well, but I wanted to make sure I shared with you allthe commitment of the Mexican Government to address this in a serious way. So thank you all very much.