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Mexico Creates ‘Police Force’ to Stop Illegals Crossing Its Southern Border

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So first, he planned on building a wall – just like President Trump.

Now he wants a border police force – just like President Trump.

After months of criticizing Trump for his “zero-tolerance” immigration policy, Mexico’s president-elect, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, announced he wants to create his own border police force to stop illegal immigration, drugs and guns from flooding their southern border.

Lopez Obrador’s future chief of security said they must do everything they can to stem the tide of human trafficking and other illegal activity on the Mexico-Guatemala border.

The United States has its own border police force, the much-assailed Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Agency, started by President George W. Bush after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Alfonso Durazo said that the new force would be part of a larger regional development effort to ease the poverty and violence that lead so many Central Americans to cross into Mexico. The police corps will be sizable, he said, and will be deployed to Mexico’s northern border as well. He declined to offer more specifics as the details are still being decided, Bloomberg reports.

“We’re going to create a border police force that will be highly specialized,” Durazo said in an interview. “They need to apply the law,” including stopping undocumented migrants and human traffickers from crossing into Mexico, which Durazo says often takes place with the help of corrupt officials.

Lopez Obrador’s leftist party – started in 2014 – won a landslide victory in the election last week. Voters were disgusted with crime, corruption and poverty and kicked the ruling party out of power.

Interestingly, while AMLO, as he is called, has called for a crackdown on their southern border, he has roundly criticized President Trump for doing the exact same thing on his own northern border. Now he has to justify both.

On Friday, Lopez Obrador will meet with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to discuss immigration and presumably his hypocritical stance.

Durazo said that while they don’t want to, the use of force can not be ruled out when protecting the border.

“The legitimate use of force by the state is a resource,” he said. “But it shouldn’t be the first resource, it should be the last one.”

The new administration’s first priority will be to fight the causes of the violence. For example, to prevent corruption, it will significantly increase salaries and benefits for law enforcement officials and create more police academies to double the number of security personnel that can receive training per year, he said.

Lopez Obrador’s top cop reiterated his comments from April to Bloomberg, that the sale and use of marijuana should be decriminalized and regulated. But before a policy decision is made on the matter, it will be put to a public referendum, he said.

A border wall … a border police force … sounds like someone is getting some pretty good ideas from north of the border, what do you think?

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