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International: First Labor Complaints Filed through United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Rapid Response Labor Mechanism

(June 3, 2021) On May 10, 2021, the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrialized Organizations (AFL-CIO) and other groups announced that they had filed the first labor complaint under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) Facility-Specific Rapid Response Labor Mechanism, alleging that workers at the Tridonex auto parts factory in Matamoros, Mexico, are being […]

Mexico: First Cases Approved under Law Granting Amnesty to Criminals Incarcerated for Certain Crimes

(May 3, 2021) On April 22, 2021, the Mexican government announced that it had approved the release from prison of five convicted individuals as provided by the Amnesty Law adopted one year earlier. The Amnesty Law grants persons incarcerated for committing certain crimes the right to apply for amnesty, provided that applicable requirements are met. […]

Mexico: Migration Law Amendment Requires Placing Undocumented Children in Shelters, Not Detention Centers

(Feb. 26, 2021) On January 11, 2021, Mexico enacted an amendment to its Migration Law requiring that undocumented migrant minors be placed in shelters instead of immigration detention centers (as was the previous practice) while their legal status is determined by Mexican immigration authorities. Accordingly, Mexico’s Migration Law now provides that immigration authorities must refer […]

Mexico: Constitutional Reform Regarding Crimes Committed by the President of the Republic Approved

(Jan. 29, 2021) On December 15, 2020, the president of the Mexican Senate, Eduardo Ramírez Aguilar, announced the amendment of two articles of the Mexican Constitution concerning crimes committed by the president of the republic. The Senate president’s “declaration of constitutional reform” (declaratoria de reforma constitucional), which concerned articles 108 and 111 of the Constitution, […]

Mexico: Amendment Reforming National Security Law Approved

(Jan. 25, 2021) On December 15, 2020, the House of Representatives of the Mexican Congress (Cámara de Diputados) in a plenary session approved an amendment to the National Security Law. The reform was approved with 329 votes in favor, 98 against, and 40 abstentions. The bill had already been approved by the Senate and, with […]

Mexico: Ban on Importing Electronic Cigarettes Receives World Health Organization Award

(June 29, 2020) On May 22, 2020, the Pan American Health Organization (the Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO)) announced that the Mexican government had won an award in recognition of the ban on the importation of electronic cigarettes that it enacted in February 2020. The World No-Tobacco Day (WNTD) […]

Mexico: President Signs Law Granting Amnesty to Criminals Incarcerated for Certain Crimes

(Apr. 24, 2020) On April 22, 2020, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador signed into law a bill passed by Mexico’s Senate two days earlier granting amnesty to persons incarcerated for the commission of certain crimes provided that applicable requirements are met. These crimes include the possession of narcotics in small quantities under a number […]

Mexico: President Urges Approval of Amnesty Law Because of Coronavirus Infection Risk in Prisons

(Apr. 24, 2020) On April 15, 2020, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador urged Mexico’s Senate to pass the Amnesty Law to prevent the massive spread of the coronavirus in the country’s 17 federal and 292 state penitentiaries. The purpose of the law is to provide early release for people who have been imprisoned for […]

Mexico: Mexico City and Many Mexican States Make Wearing Masks Mandatory on Public Transit

(Apr. 17, 2020) Mexico City’s rapid transit metro, the Collective Transportation System (Sistema de Transporte Colectivo, STC) reported in a press release on April 15, 2020, that to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the wearing of masks will be mandatory to travel by metro as of April 17, 2020.  The free distribution of one million […]

Mexico: Constitutional Amendment on Tax Forgiveness Passed

(Mar. 26, 2020) On February 25, 2020, Mexico’s Congress passed a constitutional amendment generally prohibiting tax forgiveness except in a limited number of cases determined by statutory law. Background Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador proposed this amendment in 2019, arguing that tax forgiveness powers had been exercised excessively and baselessly by previous administrations. Specifically, […]