US Homeland Security officials have told federal lawmakers that the "virtual fence" along the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona doesn't meet contract requirements for detecting border intrusions, and some of its technology will have to be replaced by this summer. Plans to expand the system from the border near Sasabe, Ariz. to the Yuma, Ariz., and El Paso, Texas, areas will be pushed back three years to 2011 because of technological deficiencies.
Canada, the US, and Mexico agreed Feb. 28 to strengthen cooperation and establish new security mechanisms to improve border security and facilitate legal flows of people and goods throughout North America.
The leader of the advisory board of Mexico’s lower house is calling for an investigation into Interior Secretary Juan Mourino’s possible business ties with Pemex.
Senate commissions have approved a judicial reform package already approved by Mexico’s lower house Feb. 28. The legislation still must face the whole senate March 2 for final approval.
It would be a mistake for a future U.S. administration to reopen the North American Free Trade Agreement, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper warned Feb. 28.