Mexico says it is ending the widespread access it gave to U.S. security agencies helping it battle drug cartels and organized crime. Mike Barajas reports the announcement comes just as President Obama is about to touchdown in the Mexican capital.
President Obama is scheduled to arrive in Mexico this Thursday to meet with Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto.
Dr. Tony Payan with Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy says Mexico’s announcement that it is ending direct sharing of information with it’s American counterparts will not sit well with Washington.
“Washington was used to unbridled, multiple points of access… free reign, open cooperation at many levels of government,” Payan explained.
The Mexican government says all contact for U.S. law enforcement will now go through a “single door”: the federal interior ministry. It’s the agency that controls Mexico’s security and domestic policy.
President Obama says he won’t judge the change until he meets with the country’s new leader.