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Guatemala and United States Sign Exchange of Information Agreement

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Guatemala and the United States have signed three cooperation agreements allowing for the exchange of information on passengers and crew on international flights, aimed at shielding U.S. borders from terrorist attacks.

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EE. States. Intended To Shield Boundaries Of Possible Terrorist Attacks

The signature was in given by the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security U.S.. States., Janet Napolitano, Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Harold Caballeros, and the Interior, Mauricio López Bonilla, following a meeting with President Otto Perez Molina.

“The information can serve to identify and investigate potential threats prior to departure or arrival, and improve the national or regional security and potential threats detect it early,” said Napolitano on System Advanced Passenger Information (Apis, in English .)

Guatemala is the second country in the region visit Napolitano, the former was Mexico, where he denied that the U.S. strategy of “war on drugs” has failed, according to international news agencies, noting that the fight against this scourge must be regional .

When questioned about the support they give their country to combat drug trafficking, Napolitano refused to detail the amount for that case, however, reiterated its rejection of the initiative to decriminalize the drug.

He said there are issues that can improve, as more intercept money laundering or illegal drugs in a regional effort, and hinted that there would be more support for the country and even a possible training specialized police equipment.

Perez Molina called for keeping the search for support in the area to discuss the legalization of drugs.

“We propose to give space for dialogue after 25 years of the same policy on drugs,” he added.

The president said that while this particular dialogue, Guatemala will continue in the fight against drug trafficking “clearly and firmly.”

Perez Molina said he must find more effective ways to combat drug trafficking. The March 10 is expected to hold a meeting in Guatemala with Central American leaders, to seek an open debate on decriminalization, said Fernando Carrera, Secretary of Coordination and Planning of the Presidency.

At that meeting is also expected representation of members of the Global Commission on Drug Policy.

Personal data
Another memorandums System is the Passenger Name Record (PNR, in English).

This also provides an exchange of data and best practices on border security, especially aviation.

It also establishes that there should be coordination between the Department of Immigration and Customs Agency and Border Protection United States.

This system is intertwined with the Apis, and airlines should enter names, date and time of arrival, passenger name, passport number and citizenship and itinerary, contact information, name and telephone number of agencies travel.

According to Pérez Molina, these agreements are to contribute to the fight “against terrorism and organized crime” and allow you to create a safer region.

The Apis exchange also provides methods to pay the tickets, including credit card numbers and names of passengers.

The countries also signed a “joint declaration of intent”, which expresses the purpose of combating trafficking.

“This will pose a time to strengthen cooperative efforts to combat and defeat human trafficking,” said Napolitano.

Perez Molina said the measure will help to minimize human trafficking in the region, to promote better coordination between U.S. institutions. States. and Guatemala.

Napolitano said the review process for granting Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Guatemalan migrants in that country is under review.

“We follow up the issue, but the process is not completed,” he said.

In the morning, the U.S. former Senator Lincoln Diaz-Balart held a meeting with Perez Molina. The politician said there is support from Congress to grant TPS to Guatemala, and that this is a matter of justice.

Diaz-Balart said other countries have been favored with such action, but that the proposal should be sent by U.S. President Barack Obama for discussion.

Like Bin Laden
Secretary of U.S. Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, said yesterday in Mexico before traveling to Guatemala, that his country is continuing to capture the Mexican drug lord Joaquin Chapo Guzman as he did with the terrorist Osama bin Laden.

“It took 10 years to find Osama Bin Laden and we found it. I do not suggest that the same will happen to Guzman, but we are persistent when it comes to criminals and those who hurt us, “Napolitano said in a joint press conference with Mexican Secretary of the Interior, Alejandro Poire.

El Chapo Guzman, leader of the Sinaloa cartel, is considered the world’s most wanted man and Forbes magazine as one of the hundred most powerful people on the planet.

Napolitano agreed to promote a pilot program to deport U.S. Undocumented Mexicans. States. to their places of origin, rather than leaving them on the common border, where some are recruited by drug traffickers.
“We can cut the link of criminal organizations with their prey and will save lives,” said the official.

EE. States. will transport the deportees flown to Mexican airports, and this country will help in the last stretch to cities in the province. The program will begin in April.

Mexico and the USA. States. also agreed a strategic plan to strengthen customs agreements that “facilitate the flow of trade and passengers, and strengthen the fight against fraud and smuggling of goods.”

Violence increases
The position of Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security U.S.. States. Against decriminalization is “keep more of the same,” said Fernando Carrera, Secretary of Planning. On the tour of the vice president, Carrera said there is a “concrete proposal” on the decriminalization of drugs.

Dialogue is possible
U.S. will not give up the pursuit of major drug traffickers, said Oswaldo Samayoa, a lawyer at the Institute for Comparative Studies in Criminal Sciences.
He added that requires the cooperation of EE. States. social policy, for the problems of the fight against drug trafficking.

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