Bush, Murphy, García Travel to Colombia and Mexico to Discuss Regional Security, Climate, and Migration
Washington D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Cori Bush (MO-01) joined Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn), a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Chair of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, and Congressman Jesús ‘Chuy’ García (IL-04) in a congressional delegation to Colombia and Mexico. Bush, Murphy, and García will travel to Colombia as the first congressional delegation to meet with President Gustavo Petro since his inauguration. They will also meet with other elected officials and members of civil society in Bogotá. In Mexico, the three will travel to Mexico City and the state of Tabasco to meet with elected officials, members of civil society, local immigration and asylum authorities, and NGOs to discuss the U.S.-Mexico relationship, as well as climate change, human rights, gun and drug trafficking, anti-corruption efforts, and the root causes of migration.
“The United States’ partnership with Colombia and Mexico plays a critical role in maintaining international economic and social security,” said Congresswoman Bush. “I look forward to visiting these countries with my colleagues Senator Chris Murphy and Representative Chuy García, and to meeting with recently elected progressive leaders to discuss how we can further advance human rights, examine the root causes of migration, address systemic racism and inequality affecting Black, brown, and Indigenous communities, tackle the global climate crisis harming our planet and future generations, and gain a deeper understanding of the effects of U.S. foreign policy in Latin America.”
“Colombia and Mexico have long been important partners to the United States, and it’s critical we continue deepening those relationships. This visit is an opportunity to meet with government officials, business leaders, members of civil society, and NGOs to discuss ways we can work together to expand economic opportunities, keep communities safe, and implement an effective strategy on migration. I look forward to a productive trip strengthening our ties with the region,” said Senator Murphy.
“Mexico and Colombia are key partners to the United States, not only because of trade, but because of the millions of people living in our country who trace their roots back to either of those countries,” said Congressman García. “As the first migrant from Mexico elected to Congress from the Midwest, I am looking forward to discussing how to partner with President Petro and support his progressive, inclusive agenda. In Mexico, I look forward to giving voice to the community I represent by discussing issues important to my constituents, including our overall strategy to address immigration reform, respect for human rights, and finding solutions to violence that don’t focus on the failed strategy of increased militarization.”
Congresswoman Cori Bush sits on the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees, serves as the Progressive Caucus Deputy Whip, and proudly represents St. Louis as a politivist in the halls of the United States Congress.