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Mexico: Congress to Hold Hearings on Marijuana Consumption and Legalization

(Feb. 3, 2016) The President of Mexico’s Permanent Commission of the Federal Congress, Jesús Zambrano, announced in late December 2015 that the two chambers of the Federal Congress would hold public hearings on the consumption of marijuana and related legal issues, including legalization, between January 25 and February 17, 2016. Both chambers agreed on November […]

Mexico: Program to Ensure “Friendly” Return of Migrants Announced

(Feb. 2, 2016) Mexican Chancellor Claudia Ruiz Massieu, the foreign relations Secretary, announced that Mexico will launch an Open Door Program of assistance to ensure the “friendly” return to and reintegration of Mexican migrants in the country. Ruiz Massieu made the announcement during a speech she delivered at the 27th Meeting of Mexican Ambassadors and […]

Mexico/United States: Memorandum of Understanding on Cargo Pre-Inspection Program

(Oct. 22, 2015) On October 15, 2015, authorities from the United States and Mexico signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the U.S.-Mexico Cargo Pre-Inspection Program, which aims to reduce inspections of shipments between the two countries by implementing procedures that will allow inspection of cargo generally only once (instead of twice, one inspection by each […]

Mexico: Amendment to Firearms Law

(July 1, 2015) In May 2015, the Mexican legislature enacted an amendment to its firearms law in order to let certain foreign government agents possess firearms while on duty in Mexico; heretofore they had not been allowed to do so under this statute. (Ley Federal de Armas de Fuego y Explosivos [Federal Law on Firearms […]

European Union; Mexico; World Intellectual Property Organization: Agreements on Patents

(Dec. 17, 2014) In September 2014, Mexico’s Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI) and the European Patent Office (EPO) signed an agreement to launch a pilot project in January 2015 known as the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) program. The project is aimed at expediting the approval of patents in Mexico and the European Union by mutually […]

Mexico; United States: Agreement on Exchange of Trade Information

(Dec. 11, 2014) In October 2014, the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Mexico’s Tax Administration Service (SAT) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) aimed at exchanging information through a Trade Transparency Unit (TTU) concerning exports and imports of goods between the two countries, in order to detect fraud in trade-based transactions and […]

Mexico; United States: Agreement on Customs Security

(Oct. 30, 2014) In October 2014, customs authorities from the United States and Mexico signed an agreement to mutually recognize two customs security programs that are currently in place in the two countries, with the goal of creating a common structure aimed at streamlining and securing cargo trade. The two programs are the U.S. Customs […]

Central America; Mexico; United States: Agreements on Goals of Common Plan to Prosecute Human Traffickers

(Oct. 24, 2014) On September 25, 2014, high ranking government officials from the Justice Departments of El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and the United States met in Mexico City in order to create a proposal for the Attorneys General of those countries, concerning a common plan aimed at combating the trafficking of unaccompanied migrant children […]

Mexico: Chamber of Deputies Legislates to Regulate Political Asylum

(Oct. 23, 2014) The Mexican Chamber of Deputies has passed legal reforms to regulate the country’s handling of political asylum. The draft legislation, which was approved with 362 votes in favor, none against, and one abstention, changes the name of the Law on Refugees and Complementary Protection to the Law on Refugees, Complementary Protection, and […]

Mexico: Temporary Visitor Permits Will Be Extended to Additional Central American Migrants

(Oct. 10, 2014) On September 9, 2014, Mexico’s Secretary of the Interior, Miguel Angel Osorio Chong, reported to Members of the Congress of the Union that Mexico plans to grant citizens of El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua regional visitor permits. Mexico has granted such permits since July to Guatemalans and Belizeans in order to regulate […]