President Obama will meet with Mexico’s incoming president, Enrique Peña Nieto, on Tuesday in what is largely billed as a meet-and-greet visit. No doubt the two leaders will vow to work together on bilateral issues, including trade, immigration and border security.
But the meeting may prove to be more than just a photo opportunity thanks to Peña Nieto’s recent announcement that he plans to restructure the government and move control of the federal police from the Public Security Ministry to the Interior Ministry.
As my colleague Tracy Wilkinson reported, Peña Nieto’s party, known as the Institutional Revolutionary Party, recently introduced legislation in Mexico’s Congress to shift control of the police from the Public Security Ministry to the Interior Ministry, and downsize the agency.
The proposal offers an important preview of a Peña Nieto administration. After all, the PRI leader has provided few details about how exactly he plans to fulfill some of his campaign promises, including a pledge to cut Mexico’s homicide rate in half, increasing the size of the federal police by at least 35,000 officers, and implementing judicial reforms that have been stalled since 2008.