Mexican president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will create a border force to stop illegal immigration and stem the tide of drugs and illegal guns pouring into Mexico from Central and South America.
Alfonso Durazo, Lopez Obrador’s future chief of public security, said in an interview on Sunday that the law enforcement force will be large and will be part of an overall effort to transform the region out of a perpetual state of violence and poverty. Bloomberg reports:
Lopez Obrador and the left-wing party he formed in 2014 won a landslide victory in last week’s election after voters disgusted with rising crime, corruption and poverty kicked the nation’s established parties out of power. AMLO, as he’s known, also got a boost from pledges to protect Mexicans against an immigrant crackdown by U.S. President Donald Trump. Now he’ll be faced with the unenviable task of securing the nation’s own untamed southern border, while avoiding the hard-line tactics he has criticized Trump for.
“We’re going to create a border police force that will be highly specialized,” Durazo told Bloomberg. “They need to apply the law.”
Bloomberg notes that Durazo’s comments were specifically in reference to “stopping undocumented migrants and human traffickers from crossing into Mexico.”
Lopez Obrador has already caused controversy with some of the plans he has announced before taking office.
Lopez Obrador announced last week that he does not intend to use armed security for protection because he believes that the people will protect him. He also announced his desire to lower the violence in the cartel-laden nation by “legalizing drugs, instituting gun control, and reducing punishment for criminals.”