TUCSON — Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and Col. Frank Milstead, Director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety, joined Sonora Governor Claudia Pavlovich in Mexico on Wednesday discuss a variety of issues including border security and ongoing cartel violence.
The Arizona-Mexico Commission meeting took on increased significance after the attack by cartel members that took the lives of nine Americans on Monday morning. The dead included children and infants.
@Arizona_DPS I’m in Hermosillo, Mexico with Gov. @dougducey speaking at the Arizona Mexico Commission about security for the region. Truly honored to lead in this area. pic.twitter.com/9mSOx0iUTD
— Col. Frank Milstead (@frank_milstead) November 6, 2019
“As leaders have a choice to make; to cower and run from evil or confront and destroy it. I am here to send a message today that we’ve made our choice. We will not cower, we will not run, and we will never tolerate the slaughter of the innocents. There is one thing we know; the perpetrators of violence wanted to divide us, want us to fracture. They want us to despair, but we have a sacred duty to protect our citizens, our community that is why now more than ever Arizona and Sonora must stand strong together,” Ducey told the gathering.
Creating a better quality of life for the people of #Arizona and Sonora starts with ensuring that everyone can live in peace and safety. It’s important that we support each other, seek solutions and hold fast to what is right. @ClaudiaPavlovic pic.twitter.com/5yd90QqX23
— Doug Ducey (@dougducey) November 6, 2019
The U.S. State Department has issued a travel advisory for parts of Mexico and Governor Ducey has urged Americans to heed the warnings.