U.S.-Mexico Task Force Seeks New Assault Weapon Ban


A binational task force on U.S.-Mexico border issues is calling on the Obama administration and Congress to reinstate an expired ban on assault weapons and for Mexico to overhaul its frontier police and customs agencies to mirror the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Washington Post reports.

The recommendations are among a set of security, trade, development, and environmental proposals as President Obama and his Mexican counterpart, Felipe Calderón, move to deepen engagement on issues including economic recovery, climate change, illegal immigration and narcotics trafficking. Robert Bonner, the U.S. co-chairman of the private task force, which included several former senior government officials from both countries, said the changes could be included in a follow-up to the Merida initiative, a $1.4 billion three-year commitment of U.S. aid to support Mexico’s crackdown on drug cartels that ends next year.

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