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Mexico; United States: Arrangements on Aviation and Border Security

(July 29, 2010) The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary and Mexico's Secretaries of Interior and Public Safety recently signed two arrangements aimed at strengthening border and aviation security between the two countries. According to a press release issued on the occasion,

The first arrangement formally establishes the Joint Security Program for Travelers (JSP), which enhances information sharing and best practices between the United States and Mexico regarding the identification of potential terrorists or other dangerous criminals traveling by air through Mexico City International Airport and builds a foundation for future JSP expansion to additional Mexican airports—bolstering both nations' abilities to thwart acts of terrorism and protect against travel document fraud.

The second arrangement … will enable DHS to electronically share some criminal history information with Mexican law enforcement about Mexican nationals who are being repatriated from the United States and who have been convicted of certain felonies in the United States—providing the seamless transmission of vital security information in order to ensure the safety and security of citizens of both countries.

(Press Release, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Secretary Napolitano and Mexican Counterparts Sign Arrangements to Bolster Bilateral Border and Aviation Security (Mar. 23, 2010),