Mexico, US formally initiate new security plan

12/15/2021

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.

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Mexico wants progress on US extraditions, arms trafficking

10/06/2021

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.

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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.

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The US and Mexico aren’t on ‘the same page’ about cartels, and now thousands of people are fleeing to the US

05/21/2021

Source: Yahoo! News

Michoacan, MEXICO – Since the arrest of former Mexican Defense Minister Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda on US soil last year, the two countries’ efforts to coordinate a security agenda have failed, leaving thousands more vulnerable to ruthless Mexican criminal organizations.

On October 15, at the request of the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Cienfuegos was arrested as he arrived at Los Angeles International Airport. The retired general was accused of working for the Beltran-Leyva trafficking organization.

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Laredo leaders Saenz, Cuellar discuss border violence with Mexican officials

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12/03/19 – Laredo Morning Times

By Julia Wallace

During their visit to Mexico City this week, Laredo Mayor Pete Saenz and Rep. Henry Cuellar bent the ears of several Mexican senators about this recent period of violence in Nuevo Laredo and offered assistance from the U.S.

However, it does not look like Mexico is willing to take it, even as Nuevo Laredo has suffered close to 40 deaths since August, and the Mexican military appeared ineffective after capturing then promptly freeing the son of cartel leader “El Chapo” Guzman, fearing deadly retributions.

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Suspects in Mormon Family’s Killing Are Arrested in Mexico

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12/03/19 – NY Times

By Kirk Semple

The Mexican authorities on Sunday detained several suspects implicated in the massacre of nine members of a Mormon sect in northern Mexico in early November, according to the office of the nation’s attorney general.

The detentions came during a joint operation by members of the Mexican armed forces and intelligence agents and followed the detention last month of another suspect living in Mexico City, the attorney general’s office said in a statement, providing no further information about the suspects’ identities, their connection to the murders or the circumstances of their arrests.

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Officials worried for possible economic impact of violence in Nuevo Laredo

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11/18/19 – KGNS

This weekend’s violence in Nuevo Laredo hit an all-time high with members of drug cartels fighting with Mexican military. Photos of the aftermath immediately began circulating on social media with the Mexican consulate and the City of Laredo issuing travel advisories to its citizens.

This is not the kind of publicity a U.S. border city wants to see, especially those that rely on its neighbors to the south to help boost their economy.

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Pete Buttigieg says he’s open to sending U.S. troops to Mexico

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11/17/19 – The Sacramento Bee

By Bryan Anderson

South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg said at a Latino forum in Los Angeles on Sunday that he’d be willing to send U.S. troops into Mexico to combat gang and drug violence.

“There is a scenario where we could have security cooperation,” Buttigieg said.

Even so, he added a caveat: “I’d only order American troops into conflict if American lives were on the line and if it was necessary to meet treaty obligations.”

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Mexico asks FBI to help probe killing of Americans

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11/10/19 – Reuters

By Dave Graham, Julia Harte, Julia Love

Mexico on Sunday invited the FBI to participate in the investigation of an attack in its north that killed nine dual citizens of the United States and Mexico.

The Foreign Ministry said it made the invitation through a diplomatic note to the U.S. embassy in Mexico.

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Guns from the United States are stoking a homicide epidemic in Mexico

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10/06/19 – LA Times

By Kate Linthicum

The sun had not yet risen when dozens of gunmen stormed into the town of Ocotito in southern Mexico and started shooting.

Salvador Alanis Trujillo tried to fight back, but his shotgun was no match for their assault rifles. So he and his family fled.

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