Following in the footsteps of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, a delegation of California senators will meet with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and other top officials this week in Mexico City.
The office of Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León announced Monday that a delegation of nine Democratic lawmakers is on a six-day trip to Mexico City to discuss renewable energy and climate change, economic collaboration and immigration, as well as strengthen ties between California and Mexico.
De León is joined by Sens. Ben Allen of Santa Monica, Marty Block of San Diego, Ben Hueso of San Diego, and Fran Pavley of Aguora Hills, and Assemblymen Eduardo Garcia of Coachella, Tony Thurmond of Richmond, Jose Medina of Riverside and Rudy Salas of Bakersfield.
The Pro Tem’s Office said lawmakers were responsible for travel costs to Mexico. The state is paying for Senate staff members on the trip.
In addition to Peña Nieto, the delegation is scheduled to meet with Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Claudia Ruiz Massieu and Roberta Jacobson, the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, among others. Lawmakers will also visit the Mexican Senate and participate in a symposium on studying abroad hosted by the University of California.
Peña Nieto visited Sacramento in 2014 to meet with Gov. Jerry Brown and speak to a joint session of the Legislature. In May, Ruiz Massieu was at the Capitol, where she dodged questions about Trump after previously calling his policies “racist and ignorant.”