On Sunday, January 8, in conjunction with the North American Leadership Conference, Attorney General Merrick B. Garland traveled to Mexico City, Mexico for government meetings with Mexicans and Canadians on the shared enforcement rules.
On Monday, January 9, the Attorney General joined members of the cabinet and President Joseph R. Biden in a government meeting with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and members of his cabinet. The government meeting included discussions on deepening and expanding security between countries, including efforts to combat drug trafficking.
On Tuesday, January 10, the Attorney General joined cabinet members and President Biden for a government meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and members of his cabinet to discuss strengthening our defense and security and dealing with regional and global challenges, including Russia. war in Ukraine and uncertainty in Haiti. The Attorney General also met with Canada’s Minister of Public Safety Marco Mendicino on those issues and other law enforcement priorities such as the fight against drugs and guns.
While in Mexico City, the Attorney General participated in meetings in addition to the Department of Justice’s work to combat the sale of fentanyl and other drugs, including fentanyl precursors, firearms trafficking, and people smuggling. The Attorney General returned to the United States on Tuesday, January 10.