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The White House Administration, seeing the rise of violent crime and murders in its southern neighbor, is now considering placing armed air marshals on all Mexican commercial flights into the US.
Right now, US sharp-shooters are boarding all domestic and international commercial flights entering and leaving the country, as is authorized by the Department of Homeland Security. But recent developments and the rise of murders due to cartel activity in various Mexican states have made the current White House administration consider putting air marshals on all commercial flights into Mexico as well in order to guarantee the safety of US citizens.
Given the current Mexican Presidential race underway, Mexico could see this issue as an invasion of its rights and as the current political climate is heavily fueled anti-Trump.
Back in 2003, Mexico agreed to place Mexican security agents on certain flights, and made it clear to never allow US officials on board its commercial airlines, and certainly not armed ones.
The topic seems to have been brought up during a bilateral meeting earlier this month, where the US and Mexico agreed to “study the convenience of negotiating an agreement for the deployment of Federal Air Marshals on commercial flights.”
The news comes two weeks after the US State Department’s updated its travel advisory for Mexico including “do not travel” warnings for the northeastern border state of Tamaulipas and the Pacific coast states of Colima, Guerrero, Michoacan and Sinaloa.
The advisory claims those states have a high risk Category 4 warning (meaning the same as Libya and Yemen).