The President's of the US and Mexico met in Mexico City in April 16th 2009 for a press conference. Both have agreed on a new stronger mutual cooperation on many issues such as immigration, drug and gun trafficking, border security and international trade. Obama and Calderon are taking responsibly for the causes about these issues relating to each of their countries and supporting a Merida Initiative which has a great chance of becoming a big part of the solving the problems of this agenda.
The Merida Initiative... A multi-year program demonstrating the United States commitment to work in partnership with the governments of Mexico and other countries to confront criminal organizations whose illicit actions undermine public safety, erode the rule of law and threaten the national security of the United States.
Mr. Obama has said that a demand for these drugs in the US is what is helping to keep drug cartels in business. Also that 90% of the guns recovered in Mexico come from the United States. Barrack is proposing to increase the activity of enforcement and pursing of illegal drug criminals in the big cities across the country. He will improve enforcement of illegal gun trafficking, including seizing weapons before going through the southern border to Mexico.
Mr. Calderon fully realizing that the police enforcement agencies of the past in Mexico were partners with drug cartels in his country. Felipe pledges to have a renewal of the police forces. To have a new Federal Police that will be worthy of the citizens trust and work more efficiently. Adoption of new measures of strengthening cooperation in information and intelligence for preventing the illicit flows of weapons and cash for money laundering.
President Obama has accelerated the implementation to provide Mexico with military aircraft and inspection equipment which is a provision in the Merida Inactive. President Calderon agrees to work together with the US Treasury to freeze assets and subject them to sanctions of the 3 cartels designated as the Significant Narcotics Drug Traffickers.
The United States is committed that the illegally immigrants pay a price for having broken the law. They should go through a controlled and orderly process to earn the opportunity, over time, to have a legal status in the USA. Mexico is not happy to see the, best of their people, risking their lives crossing the border. The youngest, the most courageous, the strongest and hardest working regretfully are exiting from the country to the north.
Both countries on the opposite sides of the border are teaming up to solve the mutual problems that exist and making great strides to become good neighbors. Fighting against illegal trafficking of drugs, arms and people and working out agreements to increase trade between the two nations.
If Mexico, with the help of the US, breaks the grip of the drug cartels and becomes a country that is a relatively a safe place to be, more like the 2 countries to the north, which their citizens truly want and deserve. This would stimulate domestic economic growth and create jobs in their homeland. With more companies being established and confident of doing business in a safe environment, this will lead to long needed well established economy. When employment opportunities increase companies have to compete for workers and pay rates will rise.
With the big uproar about the new law passed in Arizona to expand the authority to local police and the pending Immigration Reform legislation, the best approach to improving the present situation with a long term affect would be the Merida Initiative. Not all the provisions of this initiative are listed in this article but it would be hard to find much disapproval in it's implementation from among US and Mexican citizens and governments alike. Most Importantly it would greatly reduce the numbers in the pending situation ..illegal immigration..
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