Latest Mexican armed forces News

Pentagon says 2,100 more troops going to US-Mexico border

Jul. 17, 2019 5:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says an additional 2,100 troops will be sent to the U.S.-Mexican border to help with security. Among them are 1,100 active-duty troops who will perform a variety of missions, including aerial surveillance and logistical and administrative support. The Pentagon says the new...

Air Force: Rescue team helps injured Mexican fishermen

Jul. 16, 2019 4:20 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Air Force says two airmen from a base in Arizona were instrumental in rescuing two Mexican fishermen injured at sea. The U.S. Air Force says airmen from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base parachuted into the Pacific Ocean on July 10 to get medical aid to the men, who were being...

Mexican officials blame federal police strike on opposition

Jul. 4, 2019 9:37 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Government officials blamed the political opposition, corrupt federal police and outside players Thursday for a revolt by officers who are opposed to being absorbed into Mexico's new National Guard. Federal police maintained control of a command center in the Mexico City borough of...

Mexican police revolt against plans to join National Guard

Jul. 3, 2019 11:19 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Hundreds of federal police blocked highways in and around Mexico's capital Wednesday in open revolt against plans to absorb the officers into the newly formed National Guard, a move that the police fear could upend their jobs. The protests came as the government officially began...

Mexico deploys new National Guard to stem violent crime

Jun. 30, 2019 3:31 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico presented with much fanfare Sunday its new National Guard, which is supposed to stem endemic violence and restore peace in the country. Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador told hundreds of National Guard members assembled at a ceremonial military field in...

Mexican capital deploys National Guard to stem violence

Jun. 29, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The mayor of Mexico's capital says the National Guard will be deployed throughout the city as the metropolis struggles to contain rising violent crime. Claudia Sheinbaum said Saturday that 2,700 national guardsmen will soon begin working "special operatives in the entire city." A string...

Mexico detains dozens of migrants in raid on freight train

Jun. 28, 2019 1:35 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — About 100 Mexican soldiers and immigration agents raided a freight train in the southern state of Chiapas on Thursday and detained dozens of Central American migrants riding atop the cars. Such raids had been rare since the last crackdown on migrants in 2014. But under increasing U.S....

Official: Soldiers died by suicide at Arizona-Mexico border

Jun. 27, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A medical examiner says two soldiers helping secure the Mexico border in Arizona died by suicide. Pima County Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Greg Hess said Thursday the soldiers died of self-inflicted gunshot wounds. Officials say 20-year-old Pfc. Steven Hodges of Menifee, California, died...

Mexico says National Guard deployment is complete

Jun. 21, 2019 6:17 PM EDT

TAPACHULA, Mexico (AP) — Mexico has completed its deployment of 6,000 National Guard agents to help control the flow of migrants headed toward the U.S. and filled 650 immigration agency posts to regulate border crossings, the government said Friday. The announcement by foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard comes...

Texas sending another 1,000 National Guard troops to border

Jun. 21, 2019 3:46 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott announced on Friday that he will send another 1,000 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border while accusing Congress of failing to take action on the growing humanitarian crisis. The governor said at an afternoon press conference among...