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United States/Mexico Eleventh Attorneys General Border Conference: Executive Summary

NCJ Number
R San Miguel
Date Published
50 pages
This is a summary of the proceedings of a conference of U.S. and Mexican officials concerned with criminal justice issues related to the common border of the two countries.
Since the first Border Attorneys General Conference was held in November 1986, the attorneys general from the 10 U.S. - Mexico border States meet twice a year to discuss and improve relations between the two countries' law enforcement authorities and to enhance and implement improved cooperation, collaboration, and information exchange concerning mutual criminal law enforcement issues and common problems along the border. In the past, the conferences have focused on drug trafficking, money laundering, and vehicle theft. At the November 1991 conference in San Antonio, Tex., the conference agenda was divided into five working sessions. These addressed criminal enforcement issues; extradition issues and the transfer of prisoners; border children; mutual legal assistance issues (practical law enforcement problems and a proposal to create standing committees for future border attorneys general conferences); and issues concerning the proposed North American Free Trade Agreement. The conference also included addresses to the conference by Mexican Federal Attorney General Ignacio Morales Lechuga, Congressman Kika de la Garza, and Subsecretary of Ecology Sergio Reyes Lujan. This executive summary presents the main points covered by the local, State, and Federal officials from both countries during the working sessions and the event speeches.