The Mexican House of Representatives passed an amendment to the National Security Law on the 16th, which will strictly restrict the movement of “foreign agents” in Mexico.
The Mexican House of Representatives passed the amendment by a vote of 329 to 98, with 40 abstentions. The new bill would deprive “foreign agents” of diplomatic immunity in Mexico and require “foreign agents” to share all intelligence resources with Mexican intelligence agencies.
After the bill passed, a senior U.S. official told CBS that the law was “shameful” and would undermine the anti-drug fight.
According to Reuters, although it is not clear which countries and regions the new law will target, many people speculate that the law is “tailor-made” for the United States.
The introduction of this bill will not be conducive to Mexico’s joint efforts with the United States to fight drug trafficking groups.
In October this year, former Mexican Defense Minister Sionfuegos was arrested in the United States on drug trafficking and money laundering charges, which led to a diplomatic conflict between the United States and Mexico.
Mexican President Lopez questioned the role of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and described it as a “overbearing rogue agency”.
“In different countries, especially the United States, there are guidelines and regulations to follow for the conduct of ‘foreign agents’,” Lopez said during a press conference last week, referring to the introduction of the new bill.
So we must solve this problem as soon as possible and once and for all.”