Under Mexican law, the government can prosecute any citizen who commits a crime on foreign soil, but the law is rarely applied. After the Phoenix summit, federal and state prosecutors in Mexico promised to go after Mexican criminals caught in the United States.
Now, the article does contain the new and popular saw of “US guns are fueling Mexican crime” which is utter crap, but the rest of it is actually pretty positive. One of the biggest challenges in enforcing our laws along the border with Mexico has been the massive corruption and unwillingness of Mexican LE officials to actually do anything about the drug smugglers and human traffickers (coyotes) working along the border.
Under the new agreements formed at the Phoenix meeting, the Mexican government has agreed to actually go after these guys on Mexican soil; which is a step in the right direction. Apparently, they’re also taking steps to modernize their police forces, forming internal affairs departments and training cops in modern police techniques.
I guess someone in Mexico City realized that their law enforcement was sort of stuck in this mid 1920’s era and hadn’t really moved forward; either that or they got tired of constantly being the butt-end of jokes about corruption.