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Surveillance, security, and privacy in Mexico need to be understood both within the context of the ongoing war on drugs and the need to lower crime rates in big cities such as Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Monterrey. Moreover, as security along the U.S.-Mexico border has become a pressing issue for U.S. foreign policy, it is also important to perceive surveillance in Mexico as a phenomenon that is deeply connected to U.S.-Mexico relations. The future of U.S.-Mexico relations is tied to the need of securing the border, combating drug trafficking, and lowering the levels of violence in Mexico.

While bilateral cooperation in terms of security and surveillance has meant the modernization of Mexico’s law enforcement agencies, it has also reinforced the presence of the United States in ...

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