Regulation of foreign agent activity will benefit criminals, US warns – CVBJ

December 11, 2020 | 8:51 pm

William Barr, United States Attorney General, warned this Friday that the initiative to regulate the activity of foreign agents that is currently being discussed in Mexico will only benefit criminals.

“We are concerned about the legislation that is currently in the Mexican Congress, which would have the effect of making cooperation between our nations more complicated. This would make the citizens of Mexico and the United States less safe. The approval of this legislation can only benefit the violent transnational criminal organizations and other criminals against whom we fight together, ”said the US official.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador sent the proposal reform of the National Security Law, that was already endorsed by the Senate and it is currently in the Chamber of Deputies for discussion and possible approval, following the arrest of General Salvador Cienfuegos in the United States, which generated tensions between the two countries, as the information was not previously shared with Mexico.

“The Department of Justice is committed to the government of Mexico to fight against transnational criminals that threaten both nations. As always, our cooperation occurs within a framework designed to jointly address our shared challenges: that is why, for example, the United States recently returned former Secretary Cienfuegos to Mexico, to be investigated there, ”Barr said in a statement.

The reform of the National Security Law contemplates that foreign agents will have to share the information of their intelligence work with the Mexican government through the Ministry of Foreign Relations.

Foreign agents will not have immunity in case of operating under any illicit stipulated in Mexican law and The conditions under which foreign agents may carry weapons are limited.

Its regulation includes agents from the FBI, the Marshals Service, the Customs and Border Protection Office, the Office of Defense Coordination, the Office of Immigration and Customs Investigation, the International Office of Anti-Narcotics Affairs and Law Enforcement.

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