GOP Congressmen want Mexico on Black List!

GOP Congressmen want Mexico on Black List!
Posted by FoM on March 03, 1999 at 05:18:27 PT

WASHINGTON - Some Republican congressmen vowed Tuesday to blacklist Mexico for a failure to crack down on drug traffickers. 
The congressmen introduced a resolution to overturn President Clinton's decision last Friday to approve Mexico for fully cooperating in the war on drugs in the annual drug certification process. "President Clinton knows that to certify Mexico is a fraud," said Rep. Spencer Bachus of Alabama, author of the resolution. "Mexico is not cooperating. In fact, they are resisting cooperation." Republicans want to keep the controversial annual evaluation of other countries involved in the drug trade, but approving Mexico made a "mockery" of it, he said. Bachus said U.S. anti-narcotics officials were unhappy with Mexico's efforts due to what he said was widespread corruption and because government statistics show a drop in Mexican seizure of cocaine and heroin last year. Refusal to extradite a single Mexican drug trafficker wanted by the United States was reason enough to blacklist Mexico, Bachus said. Congress has 30 days to accept or reject the White House's decisions on drug certifications of 28 countries involved in narcotics producing or trafficking. Republican Sen. Paul Coverdell of Georgia said he did not think "decertification" of Mexico would pass in the Senate.
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