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Mexico; United States: Letter of Intent to Foster Security and Trade Signed

(Aug. 18, 2009) The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Mexico's Secretary of Finance and Public Credit signed a Letter of Intent on June 15, 2009, aimed at strengthening security and promoting trade. According to a press release issued on the occasion, Specifically, the agreement seeks to strengthen border enforcement by […]

Mexico; United States: Western U.S. Attorneys General Meet Mexican State Counterparts

(Aug. 14, 2009) The Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG) gathered in Idaho from August 2 though 5 for its 2009 summer meeting. CWAG members include the attorneys general of 15 western U.S. states. The first day of the conference was devoted to a project known as the Alliance Partnership, which is intended to foster […]

Mexico: Reform to Protect Financial Consumers Promulgated

(July 9, 2009) On June 25, 2009, the Federal Government of Mexico promulgated a decree on a package of financial reforms prepared last December but deadlocked for the first four months of 2009. The amending decree affects the Law on Credit Institutions, the Law for the Transparency and Ordering of Financial Services, and the Law […]

Mexico: Electronic Platform to Track Evolution of Human Influenza A(H1N1)

(June 29, 2009) Mexico's National Epidemiological Surveillance System (Sistema Nacional de Vigilancia Epidemiológica, SINAVE, (last visited June 19, 2009)) was designated on May 2, 2009, as the exclusive authority for tracking the evolution of the human influenza virus A(H1N1) and as the venue for all information concerning the virus's evolution. (Acuerdo por el que […]

Mexico: Promulgation of Federal Law on Confiscation of Assets

(June 10, 2009) On May 29, 2009, the Federal Law on Confiscation of Assets was published in Mexico's official gazette. The statute regulates article 22 of the Mexican Constitution on the issue of confiscation of assets that have been the object or result of a crime as well as those that are held or used […]

Mexico: New Law of the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic

(June 9, 2009) On May 29, 2009, the Mexican government officially published the New Organic Law of the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR), which entered into force the following day. Among other features, the statute establishes a new structure for the PGR and creates a system of regional coordinator administrative units […]

Mexico: Former President Cleared of Responsibility for 1968 Student Massacre

(Apr. 9, 2009) On March 26. 2009, a Mexican federal court exonerated former President Luís Echeverría Álvarez of all criminal responsibility for a massacre of students that occurred in Mexico City on October 2, 1968, when Echeverría was serving as Secretary of Interior, and ordered his immediate release. Echeverría had been under house arrest since […]

Mexico: Law on Database of Mobile (Cell) Phone Users

(Apr. 9, 2009) On April 10, 2009, an amendment to the Federal Act on Telecommunications that mandates telephone companies to create a National Registry of Mobile Phone Users, with the purpose of combating extortion, threats, kidnappings, or any grave offense related to organized crime, came into force. The legal reform, which was officially published in […]

Mexico: Mexico City Bill to Grant Guest Status to Migrants

(Apr. 9, 2009) It was reported on March 30, 2009, that Mexico City's Secretary of Rural Development and Equity for Communities, Rosa Márquez, has prepared a bill for passage of a Law on Hospitality and Attention to Migrants in the Federal District, which would grant foreigners or persons from other states of Mexico access to […]