Posted: Jun 24, 2014 9:52 PM
Updated: Jun 30, 2014 3:05 PM
McALLEN - Mexico's foreign relations minister visited McAllen Tuesday to meet with U.S. immigration officials and tour a detention center.
Jose Antonio Meade also met with leaders of non-profit agencies helping with the immigration crisis in the region.
Meade visited a detention center to oversee the administrative processes and confirm that the facilities meet safety and health protocols. Meade said Mexico's government wants to ensure the immigrants' human rights are not violated.
Meade later visited Sacred Heart Catholic Church in downtown McAllen. The church's parish hall has become the epicenter in the effort to help immigrants released from Border Patrol custody. Workers at the site spoke with Meade about the challenges and threats children face during their journey from Central America and Mexico to the Rio Grande Valley.
The minister also met with McAllen Mayor Jim Darling. He said cooperation between Mexican and American authorities is paramount to deal with the current surge in illegal immigration.