Guatemala and Mexico step up border security

Officials from Guatemala and Mexico agreed to broaden the scope of the security plan for their common border.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Mexican Interior Minister Juan Camilo Mouriño and his Guatemalan counterpart, Francisco Jiménez, agreed to upgrade what now is to be known as the Mexico-Guatemala High-Level Security Group- The group is to coordinate efforts aimed at improving border security.

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Work Permits for Guatemalans in Mexico

July 2014

The agreement between the governments of Guatemala and Mexico establishes the granting of temporary work permits for Guatemalans in the states of Chiapas, Tabasco, Campeche and Quintana Roo.

From a statement issued by the Government of Guatemala:

The Governments of Guatemala and Mexico have launched the Safe Passage program, which will provide Guatemalans and Belizeans with regional visitor cards and frontier worker cards at no cost, among other measures, in order to create a safe and orderly control of people crossing the Mexican border.

Guatemala: Technology to Combat Crime

October 2013

President Perez Molina is betting on modern technology in immigration control and movement of goods to prevent and combat crime.

From a press release issued by the Government of Panama:

President Otto Perez Molina referred to the key role of technology in security and the fight against crime and reaffirmed the government's commitment to modernize the institutions of crime prosecution and strengthen the country's justice system.

Better Customs Offices to Combat Smuggling

June 2013

Central American industry is calling for strengthening of customs controls in the region, in order to contain the constant border crossings made with smuggled goods.

According to Carlos Enrique Rivera, secretary general of the Federation of Chambers and Industrial Associations of Central America and the Dominican Republic (FECAICA), at the border located in Melchor de Mencos, Peten, which borders Belize, there is no control to prevent the entry of illegal goods, which apparently heads toward Mexico, but 15% remains in Guatemala, without having made tax declarations.

Panama To Invest $10 Million in Border Security

April 2010

Security at the country’s border will be improved by purchasing tactical equipment.

According to an official press release, $7.65 million will be used to purchase public security material and equipment and the remainder in uniforms, food and telecommunications equipment.

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