Mexican Senator Nancy Sánchez, a Mexicali member of the National Regeneration Movement Party, justified Monday her vote in favor of the controversial extension of the deadline to keep the Army on the streets of Mexico.
Sánchez, a former member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, wrote in social media that the administration has not ended up with the country’s pacification.
“May history judge me for approving this resolution,” the lawmaker wrote.
The bill that was previously approved in the lower chamber last week was discussed Monday by members of two senate joint commissions.
The proposal seeks to extend the deployment of military staff assigned to police activities until 2029.
“Let’s be realistic — not even with the best intentions of political parties is it possible to revert in four or six years the inertia of blood and violence,” the senator said. “I say it with pain — we are a country of victims.”
According to the lawmaker, crime infiltrated families and the country lives a painful reality of having someone lost by drug consumption.
The bill was voted 18-10 Monday and is expected to be voted on the Senate Floor this week.
The proposal could also get the vote of another Baja California Senator — Jaime Bonilla, also with the President’s party, while Sens. Gina Cruz, of the National Action Party, and Alejandra León, now of the Citizen’s Movement Party are expected to vote against the bill.
The bill was illegally returned to commissions Wednesday, lawmakers said.
Pres. López Obrador and many of his allies criticized years ago past administrations for taking the military out of the bases to hold law enforcement activities in order to address crime.