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Mexico Institute in the News: Mexico Says Police Shot U.S. Officials

Andrew Selee

Vice President for Programs and Senior Advisor of the Mexico Institute, Andrew Selee comments on Friday mornings incident in which two employees of the U.S. embassy in Mexico City were shot by Mexican federal police who may have confused them for organized crime members.

Wall Street Journal, 8/24/2012

Federal police agents fired at an armored sport-utility vehicle carrying two U.S. officials on a rural road south of Mexico City, according to Mexico's Public Security Ministry, which oversees the country's 35,000-strong Federal Police force.

"This seems to be the first 'friendly fire' incident between US and Mexican agents. It probably won't have a large impact on policies of cooperation, but it may raise some tensions in day-to-day cooperation and a few questions in Washington," said Andrew Selee, director of the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.


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Andrew Selee

Andrew Selee

Former Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor to the Mexico Institute;
President, Migration Policy Institute
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The Mexico Institute seeks to improve understanding, communication, and cooperation between Mexico and the United States by promoting original research, encouraging public discussion, and proposing policy options for enhancing the bilateral relationship. A binational Advisory Board, chaired by Luis Téllez and Earl Anthony Wayne, oversees the work of the Mexico Institute.   Read more