Unarmed in Mexico
If you’re an American law-enforcement agent on duty in Mexico, you’re out of luck:
Because the official role of U.S. agents south of the border is limited to intelligence gathering and training their Mexican counterparts, they are barred by Mexico from carrying weapons.
U.S. agencies involved in intelligence and training operations in Mexico include the CIA, FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration and others. Their presence has increased since the launching of the 2008 Merida Initiative, in which American operatives help Mexican law enforcement officials go after the violent and ruthless Mexican drug cartels, according to law enforcement sources.
President Obama gave tacit approval to Mexico’s prohibition against U.S. agents carrying weapons in March 2011, following the ambush killing of ICE agent Jaime Zapata and the wounding of his partner, Victor Avilla.
“There are laws in place in Mexico that say our agents should not be armed,” Obama said.
Too bad he forgot about those 2,000 Fast and Furious weapons the DoJ shipped to Mexico. But I digress.
And DEA spokesman Michael Rothermund said it’s for Mexico to decide if American agents can carry guns in Mexico, not the U.S.
“The Drug Enforcement Administration respects the sovereignty and rules of the Government of Mexico that says United States Law Enforcement is not allowed to carry firearms,” Rothermund said.
Javier Manjarres asks,
In light of Obama’s recent “amnesty pact” with Mexico’s new Socialist President Enrique Pena Nieto, is the work of the U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies becoming more difficult to execute? If the two leaders are on the same page with regards to both border security and Obama’s immigration policy as they say they are, it’s Americans citizens who on the front lines of the drug war that will suffer the consequences.