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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, http://portal.sre.gob.mx/littlerock/ […]

Mexico: General Act on National Public Security System

(Jan. 12, 2009) On January 1, 2009, President Felipe Calderón of Mexico signed into law the General Act on the National Public Security System. It came into force on January 3, the day after its official publication. The Act establishes mechanisms of coordination between the federal and state governments in combating crime and creates various […]

Mexico: Historic Reform of Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) and Approval of Renewable and Sustainable Energy Bills

(Nov. 6, 2008) Three important bills – on the reform of Reform of Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), on renewable energy, and on sustainable energy – were recently approved by the Mexican Congress. They will become law after their official publication in DIARIO OFICIAL, the official gazette of the Federal Government of Mexico. In an address to […]

Mexico: Compensatory Quotas on Chinese Import Goods Eliminated

(Oct. 30, 2008) October 14, 2008, was the last day for the application of compensatory quotas that protected the Mexican industry from Chinese competition for a number of years. Effective October 15, 2008, Mexico eliminated compensatory quotas on 749 Chinese-imported products out of the total of 953 tariff items. Transitory measures are going to be […]

Mexico: Supreme Court Dismisses Constitutional Challenge to Electoral Reform

(Oct. 8, 2008) It was reported on October 3, 2008, that the Supreme Court of Mexico (known as the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation) decided that it was not possible for a judicial challenge to be brought against, and for the Supreme Court to review, the content of a constitutional reform.  The Court […]

Mexico: Amendments to Rules of Procedure for Review of Unfair Trade Practices

(Oct. 7, 2008) On September 15, 2008, the Mexican Government published extensive amendments to the rules of procedure that govern the process of review to be carried out by a bi-national panel under article 1904 of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The provision establishes that each Treaty Party must replace judicial review of […]

Mexico: Historic Anti-Crime Agreement Signed

(Sept. 10, 2008) Representatives of the three branches of the Mexican government, the 31 state governors, the mayor of Mexico City, labor union representatives, church representatives, business representatives, and leaders of civil organizations and the media, signed the National Security, Justice and Legality Agreement at the National Palace on August 21, 2008. The Agreement is […]

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: Judicial Reform Enacted

(July 2, 2008) President Felipe Calderón of Mexico signed a decree on June 17, 2008, enacting constitutional amendments reforming the criminal justice and public security systems; the decree was published in the federal official gazette (DIARIO OFICIAL DE LA FEDERACIÓN) on June 18. The reform adopts the adversarial process, with oral trials and simplified trial […]

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 […]