Mexico: Evolution of the Mérida Initiative, 2007-2020 [Updated February 19, 2020] [open pdf - 488KB]
From the Document: "Congress remains concerned about the effects of organized-crime-related violence in Mexico on U.S. security interests and U.S. citizens' safety in Mexico. Homicides in Mexico have reached record levels in each of the last three years as criminal groups have fought for control of smuggling routes into the United States. A year into his term, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is under pressure to develop a new security policy. The November 2019 killing of an extended family of dual citizens near the Arizona border in Mexico has led some Members of Congress to call for increased oversight of bilateral efforts. This product provides a succinct overview of the roughly $3.1 billion appropriated for the Mérida Initiative, López Obrador's security strategy, and how to assess bilateral security efforts."
CRS In Focus, IF10578
Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/