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Mexico; United States: Accord on Deportation

(Mar. 10, 2009) On February 6, 2009, the Mexican consuls in Little Rock, Dallas, and Kansas City and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency signed an Accord to Repatriate Mexican Nationals. (Firma de Arreglo Local de Repatriación a Nacionales Mexicanos, available in Spanish on the website of the Mexican consulate in Little Rock, […]

Mexico; United States: Governors Reach Agreement with ATF to Stop Cross-Border Firearms Trafficking

(Sept. 10, 2008) The Border Governors Conference, an annual gathering of the governors of border states from the United States and Mexico, and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) recently reached an agreement aimed at stopping firearms trafficking across the U.S.-Mexico border. The governors have committed “to a Declaration of Cooperation (DOC) […]

Mexico; United States: Plans to Identify and Disrupt Trans-Border Weapons-Smuggling Networks

(July 2, 2008) On June 9, 2008, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Mexico Customs announced Operation Armas Cruzadas, “a major effort to identify and disrupt trans-border weapons smuggling networks between the two countries' borders through the Homeland Security Information Network (HSN) virtual weapons task force.” (News Release, ICE, ICE and Mexican Officials […]

Cuba: Government Authorizes Use of Cell Phones by Cuban Citizens

(June 2, 2008) On April 9, 2008, the Cuban government published a resolution that authorizes the acquisition and use of cell phones by Cuban citizens. Previously, it has been reported that cellular phones were offered only to foreigners and Cubans in high-ranking government positions. However, other Cubans already had cell phones through contracts that foreigners […]

Mexico: Congress Passes Judicial Reform Bill

(May 2, 2008) The Mexican Senate recently passed a bill authorizing several judicial reforms, including the use of recorded telephone conversations as evidence with consent; the guarantee of the presumption of innocence; and the provision of public and oral trials. The bill also provides for the representation of suspects by qualified public defenders. Mexico's House […]

Mexico; United States: State Attorneys General Reach Agreements to Combat Organized Crime

(Apr. 2, 2008) On March 12, 2008, State Attorneys General from the United States and Mexico announced a series of agreements aimed at eliminating the U.S.-Mexican border as a refuge for criminals on either side. The agreements were reached during a forum of the Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG) of the United States and […]

Cuba: Raúl Castro Elected New President

(Mar. 2, 2008) On February 24, 2008, the National Assembly of People's Power elected Raúl Castro, Fidel Castro's younger brother, as President of Cuba. In his inaugural speech, Raúl Castro indicated that he intends to confer with his brother on matters of special relevance for Cuba, especially those pertaining to defense, foreign policy, and the […]