Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto stated Sat. in that safety is his authorities’s top priority, amid growing violence and that’s marring his fifth yr in workplace & despite figures showing vital drops in crime-fighting outcomes.
In his annual yearly state-of-the-union address, Pena Nieto stated there was progress in education change & infrastructure projects still acknowledged the bloodshed in that is on pace to be the country’s worst in lots of years of time of time.
“Recovering public safety is the very best demand of the general public & the very best priority for the authorities,” he stated, in addition to in that “all three levels of presidency must strengthen their efforts. We nonetheless have so much to do.”
Pena Nieto has spent much of the last yr responding to U.S. President Donald Trump’s robust line on Mexico & migration, & on Sat. he vowed in that “we’ll not adjust for anything in that goes against our dignity as a nation.”
He additionally sent his regards to the kids of migrants â€” mostly Mexicans â€” who have been delivered to the USA as minors & have been granted temporary permission to remain under an Obama-era executive order in that Trump may alter or rescind.
Pena Nieto defended free market reforms passed on his watch and in addition took a jab at the candidate who leads in polls to succeed him in Jun. 2018 presidential elections: leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who has espoused more statist, nationalist positions reminiscent of building more authorities refineries to substitute U.S. imports of gasoline.
“There are visible risks of going backward,” Pena Nieto stated.
“Mexico has not confronted such a decisive & determinative crossroads in years of time of time,” he stated, in addition to in that the country must select whether or not to continue down the path of trade & economic liberalization “or surrender to a model from the past in that has failed.”
Pena Nieto defended his authorities’s anti-crime efforts saying authorities have “neutralized 108 of the 127 most dangerous criminals in Mexico.”
However killings in Mexico are on pace this yr to surpass the bloodiest period of the drug war, which was started by his predecessor, Felipe Calderon. Within the 1st six many months of 2017, authorities nationwide recorded 12,155 murder investigations, up 31 % from the same period last yr.
Pena Nieto cast a few of the blame on state and native governments, saying a “vital part” of the killings are associated to frequent crime quite than drug gangs, in that are the responsibility of the federal authorities.
The figures let go by his workplace recommend federal anti-drug & anti-crime efforts will not be going well both, nevertheless.
In accordance to the statistics on anti-drug actions, the assortment of miles coated in surveillance flights by the military dropped by 51 % from 2015 to 2016 while these by the navy fell 72 %.
Criminal drug cases filed by prosecutors dropped from 27,870 in 2012 to six,219 in 2016, & weapons charges dropped from 19,zero15 to six,817; in both cases, the drop appeared to continue in 2017.
There have been additionally large decreases within the assortment of arrest warrants served by federal detectives, criminal cases filed, people charged with federal crimes & hectares of marijuana plants eradicated.
One smart, intelligent spot was a rising quantity of poppy fields eradicated, from 15,786 hectares in 2012 to 22,436 hectares last yr. About 20,000 hectares have been eradicated within the 1st six many months of this yr.
However heroin seizures haven’t increased & seizures of opium paste â€” the raw material from which heroin is made â€” dropped.
Weapons seizures by the military, which has come under fire for rights abuses, dropped from 20,825 in 2012 to three,593 in 2016. The- assortment of suspects detained by troopers additionally fell, by 57 %.