It’s been somewhat good news that Senator Leahy blocked a favorable State Department report on Mexico’s human rights record.
Leahy’s action delays the release of $100 million in U.S. aid meant to help Mexico combat drug traffickers. The Merida Initiative, a $1.4 billion, three-year package, requires Congress to withhold some of the funding unless the State Department reports that Mexico is not violating human rights while prosecuting the drug war, the Post reported.
But will it do any good? Unlikely.
But objections by Leahy and others may have limited impact. Because the law requires only that the report be submitted, the State Department could spend the conditional money even if lawmakers object to its findings.