Mexico's president-elect rules out armed US anti-drug agents south of the border


Drug Enforcement Agents do operate in Colombia, Honduras, Guatemala and several other countries, but the practice has drawn public criticism. Honduran residents protesting Drug Enforcement Agency agents' presence in their region burned down government buildings in May after DEA agents were involved in operations with Honduran police that resulted in deadly shootouts that allegedly killed innocent bystanders.

Peña Nieto however has vowed to have a “close relationship” with the United States and has made the former chief of the Colombian National Police, who is close to the United States, his national security adviser. The decision has impressed some lawmakers, including border-district Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), who was with Peña Nieto when the election results came in last weekend and said he's convinced the president-elect won't cut the cartels any slack.

“That was actually my first question,” Cuellar told The Hill. “Now that I've got to know him, I feel like he's not going to do that.”

Peña Nieto also told the Post that he didn't fault America's Second Amendment for the gun violence in his country, although he did say he was in favor of “better gun-trafficking enforcement.”