US Will Act On Mexico’s Southern Border

[Further militarization of Mexico’s southern border could dramatically affect the state of Chiapas, which is surrounded by Guatemala as shown on the map below. Chiapas is outlined in dark purple.]


The US Will Act On Mexico’s Southern Border For “An Orderly Migratory Flow”

  ** Napolitano and Osorio Chong confirm mechanism without taking Central America into account

** The US Secretary congratulates her counterpart for the detention of Z-40

By: Fabiola Martínez

Members of Mexico’s security cabinet and United States Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano, defined yesterday the joint mechanism for intervention on the Mexican border (North as well as South), to intercept and fight the criminal organizations and to apply agreements on trade and immigration policies.

Without the presence of authorities from Central American countries, Mexican and US officials agreed upon “the strengthening of security on the southern border of our country (Mexico), for the purpose of achieving an orderly migratory flow with respect for human rights.”

The above is derived from the agreement signed Tuesday in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, where the US official congratulated her counterpart for the arrest of Miguel Ángel Treviño, known as El Z-40, who is identified as the leader of the Zetas gang.

“I would like to congratulate you, Secretary (of the Interior, Miguel Ángel) Osorio Chong, and the administration of President Enrique Peña Nieto, for having captured Miguel Ángel Treviño, El Z-40.

“It was a great capture of a person that has been a plague in this region for a long time. It is a very strong blow to the Zetas, but it also reflects the commitment that the government of President Peña Nieto has to neutralize the criminal organizations,” Napolitano said.

On her work visit in Mexico, first in Tamaulipas and yesterday in Mexico City, the head of the United States Department of Homeland Security–who will leave that position within the next few weeks– assured that her country will continue to support Mexico and maintained that currently the common border is more secure, “than ever.”

She urged authorities of both nations to preserve the sense of co-responsibility for improving security and achieving that the bi-national is modern, “of the 21st Century.” She emphasized the operations in which US and Mexican authorities have coordinated, the same for patrolling as in the inspection of the entry and exit of people, vehicles and merchandise.

“We cannot have the luxury –she added– of losing sight of the fact that the objective is to make a more secure border, to promote legal crossings and to combat transnational crime.”

Yesterday, high-level officials from both countries went to the Interior Ministry’s library to converse in private for more than an hour.

The Secretaries of Interior, National Defense, Navy and the Attorney General of the Republic attended for Mexico; also the Director of the Center for Information and National Security various assistant secretaries of Interior, the commissioners National Security and of Migration, as well as the chief of the System of Tributary Administration, operator of Mexicana customs.

For the US side, Alan Bersin, Assistant Secretary for International Affairs; Thomas Winkowski, Interim Director of the Office of Customs and Border Protection, Anthony Wayne, the US Ambassador in Mexico, and John Sandweg, legal advisor accompanied Napolitano.


Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada

Translation: Chiapas Support Committee

Thursday, July 25, 2013

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