A recent article in the Mexican newspaper, Milenio, highlighted the significant amount of military training the United States is providing to Mexican security forces.
Across Latin America and the Caribbean, the number of people supporting the use of vigilantism, an indicator of distrust in law enforcement and judicial institutions, is significantly increasing according to a recent study by Vanderbilt University’s Latin American Public Opinion Project. Although the study, which is based on surveys from 2004 and 2014, shows that most people throughout the Americas do not support vigilantism, the findings highlight challenges in U.S. security assistance to many countries in Latin American and the Caribbean.
On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representative’s subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs held a hearing, “U.S. Assistance to Central America” to discuss the contents of the $1 billion dollar aid package President Obama has requested to address the conditions in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador propelling migration north.
In the span of less than one week, Mexican security forces captured two of the most notorious and feared drug cartel leaders in the country. But does the Drug War tactic known as the Kingpin Strategy, a policy supported by the U.S. government and supplemented by billions of dollars in U.S. aid, actually make Mexico safer?
House Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing regarding effectiveness of the U.S. foreign assistance.