An unprecedented open relationship between the U.S. and Mexico is being changed. A Mexican government official has announced future contacts from this country will have to go through Mexico City.
The head of the political science department at Rice University says this will impact agencies like the DEA and the Department of Homeland Security the most. Professor Mark Jones says former President Felipe Calderon had instituted direct sharing a resources and intelligence between law enforcement agencies on both sides of the border.
“This is just taking things back to the way they used to be,” says Jones.
Sovereignty is no small thing to the Mexican government. Jones says Mexico has a love-hate relationship with this country, loving a lot of things about America, but being uncomfortable with the U.S.’s power and influence on Mexico’s federal government.
The lack of direct contact on lower levels of agents on both sides of the border will slow down the law enforcement process, with agencies like the DEA forced to go through the federal government before contacting the Federales.