Mexico Passes Law Curbing Operations of Foreign Security Agents

12/15/2020

Source: The Wall Street Journal

MEXICO CITY—President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s ruling party pushed through a new law Tuesday curbing the role of foreign law-enforcement officers in Mexico, a move the U.S. believes will cripple bilateral efforts to battle powerful drug cartels.

The legislation, which passed by a vote of 329 to 98 in the lower house, follows the October arrest in the U.S. of Mexico’s former defense minister on drug trafficking and corruption charges. The shocking detention of Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos prompted Mr. López Obrador to question the role of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, portraying it as a rogue agency running roughshod over Mexican sovereignty.

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