Mexico, US formally initiate new security plan


Source: Mexico News Daily

A new security agreement between Mexico and the United States took effect Tuesday.

The security component of the bilateral “bicentennial framework for security, public health and safe communities,” which was announced in October, supersedes the 13-year-old Mérida Initiative, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said.


US officials say Mexico is once again providing visas to drug enforcement agents

Source: Mexico News Daily

The federal government is once again issuing visas that allow United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents to work in Mexico, a U.S. official said Tuesday.

Broadcaster CNN reported almost two months ago that Mexico had not processed visa applications for 24 DEA agents this year.


Gun makers ask US court to dismiss Mexico’s claim for damages

Source: BBC News

Gun manufacturers have urged a US court to dismiss a Mexican lawsuit that holds them responsible for the violence inflicted by drug cartels.

Mexico is seeking billions in damages, accusing manufacturers of facilitating the illegal trafficking of weapons.

The firms, including Smith & Wesson, argue their sales are constitutionally protected in the US, calling Mexico’s lawsuit a “clash of national values”.


Biden’s electric vehicle plans spark outrage in Mexico and Canada


Source: Financial Times

Joe Biden will meet the leaders of Mexico and Canada this week as his plans to encourage Americans to buy electric cars made in the US have sparked furious opposition from two of America’s biggest trading partners. The so-called three amigos summit, to be held at the White House, will take place for the first time since 2016, and comes as senior officials in Mexico City and Ottawa have complained that Biden’s plans to kickstart EV manufacturing in the US break international trade rules.


Gov. Stitt returns to Oklahoma following trip to Mexico, says more discussions had on plans for Mexican consulate in Oklahoma City

Source: KFOR

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Gov. Kevin Stitt is back in Oklahoma after traveling to Mexico on official business, and his spokespeople say more conversations were had about bringing a Mexican consulate to Oklahoma City.

Stitt attended a dinner in Mexico City Tuesday with senior energy industry executives, including Oklahoma companies currently doing business in Mexico, according to a news release from Stitt’s office.


Migration Issues Largely Absent from US-Mexico Security Framework


Source: VOA

Immigration advocates say a new security framework between the United States and Mexico largely sidesteps thorny migratory issues at a time of near-record arrivals at the two nations’ common border.

The framework, unveiled during Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s trip to Mexico City late last week, focuses on strategies to combat drug trafficking, illicit firearms and money laundering while addressing the extradition of criminals, among other security topics.


US, Mexico to discuss overhaul of drug cartel strategy


Source: Al Jazeera

The United States and Mexico are set to seek a new security agreement to address drug cartel violence and other issues during US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s trip to Mexico City.

The one-day visit on Friday comes as both countries have indicated a willingness to overhaul the 13-year-old Merida Initiative, under which the US provided military firepower, technical support and security training to address crime, particularly cartel violence.


Mexico wants progress on US extraditions, arms trafficking


Source: AP News

Mexico said it wants to see more U.S. action on extraditions and weapons trafficking at security meetings scheduled for Friday with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Mexico’s top diplomat said Tuesday he wants to see faster extraditions of suspects from the United States and fewer guns coming across the border.

“It is important that you, United States, take effective, efficient actions to drastically reduce the illegal trafficking of weapons,” said Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard.


Mexico seeks reciprocity from U.S. on security, minister says before talks

Source: Reuters

 Mexico will work during high-level security talks this week to ensure “reciprocity” from the United States on matters such as arms trafficking and extraditions, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Tuesday.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas and Attorney General Merrick Garland will be among the delegation of top U.S. officials due to hold meetings in Mexico City on Friday.


Biden administration says it will again try to end Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy

Source: Politico

The Biden administration is taking another shot at ending the contentious Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” policy after a federal judge ruled in August that the president’s move to end the program violated the law.

The Department of Homeland Security said on Wednesday evening that it planned to issue a new memorandum in the coming weeks terminating the policy, which requires many asylum seekers to stay in Mexico while they await hearings on their requests for safe haven in the U.S.