The United States-Mexico Border Health Commission was created through an agreement of the Government of the United Mexican States and the Government of the United States of America, signed on July 14, 2000, in the City of Washington, DC, and on July 24 of the same year in Mexico City.
On Mexico’s side, the Binational Agreement was signed by José Antonio González Fernández and was later approved by the Senate on November 16, 2000 and published in the Official Gazette of the Federation on January 8, 2001. The agreement is properly an international treaty signed by the Mexican State.
As regards to the United States, on December 21, 2004, the President of the United States, George W. Bush, signed Executive Order 13367, based on Public Law 103-400 of October 22, 1994, by means of which appointed the Border Health Commission as an international public organization.
The Commission has its own legal personality to facilitate the execution of its activities and to be able to obtain financing from other public and private entities for the execution of programs related to its purposes.