Cameron H. Holmes: Organized crime in Mexico: assessing the threat to North American economies

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Politics and Economics (CGU)

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The work written by the late Cameron H. Holmes, former chief of the Financial Remedies Section of the Arizona attorney general’s office, specifically focuses on the macro economic implications of Mexican criminal enterprises. Holmes had a unique Harvard (economics) and Georgetown (law) pedigree mixed with “ghetto police officer” experience and a burning desire to “learn to prosecute organized crime to control its economic effects on legitimate commerce” (p. xiii). Unlike the typical Mexican cartel work that solely focus on the violence, corruption, and illicit drug components of these criminal organizations, this one fully explores how these activities are undermining the Mexican government’s economic and political integrity and the larger economic implications that this will have on the United States via cross border trade. Holmes then goes on to provide a long list of policy recommendations in order to mitigate and respond to the grave threats he has outlined.

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