President Donald Trump has decided to label certain Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups and, as usual, it is likely to make Democrats furious.
But then again, what does President Trump do, for the good of the United States, that does not make Democrats, and their leader Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi, furious?
“The Mexican drug cartels kill more than 100,000 Americans every year by the importation of dangerous narcotics,” host O’Reilly said to President Trump said to the president on an interview that aired on O’Reilly.com. “Are you going to designate those cartels in Mexico as terror groups?”
“They will be designated … I have offered him (the Mexican president) to let us go in and clean it out,” the president said, Breitbart News reported. “He, so far, has rejected the offer. But at some point, something has to be done.”
The president said that the drug cartels have virtually “unlimited money” from their criminal activities that include drug smuggling and human trafficking.
“I’ve been working on that for the last 90 days,” he said. “You know, designation is not that easy, you have to go through a process, and we are well into that process.”
The President told Breitbart News earlier this year that he was thinking about the designation. “We’re thinking about doing it very seriously. In fact, we’ve been thinking about it for a long time,” he said during an Oval Office interview.
“It’s psychological, but it’s also economic,” the President explained. “As terrorists — as terrorist organizations, the answer is yes. They are.”
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) told reporters on Monday that he would not accept a move to designate cartels as FTOs, Breitbart Texas reported. “We will never accept that, we are not ‘vendepatrias’ (nation sellers),” the Mexican president stated.
“On Monday morning, Lopez Obrador’s foreign relations minister Marcelo Ebrard called designations unnecessary and inconvenient, adding that the U.S. and Mexico have a healthy working relationship in fighting cartels,” Breitbart Texas journalist Ildefonso Ortiz and Breitbart Border/Cartel Chronicles project Director Brandon Darby wrote. “According to Ebrard, terrorist designations would give the U.S. the legal avenue to take direct action on cartels on Mexican soil.”
In March, U.S. Representative Chip Roy (R-TX) introduced legislation to direct the U.S. State Department to designate certain factions of Mexican cartels as Foreign Terrorist Organizations, Breitbart Texas reported at the time.
“Cartels are the problem and it is time we started acting like it,” Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) said. “My colleague Rep. Mark Green (R-TN) and I are asking Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to conduct a review in order to designate these specific Mexican drug cartels Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs).”
Reps. Roy and Green are requesting the Secretary of State review of the following cartels:
- The Reynosa/Los Metros faction of the Gulf Cartel
- The Jalisco New Generation Cartel
- The Cartel Del Noreste faction of Los Zetas
“While there are hundreds of cartels, Dr. Green and I chose these three specific factions because of their particularly violent actions and intentional strategies to affect the political system,” Roy said. “These cartels push for an anarchic form of government which allows them to skirt laws and push their terrorist model without any legal ramifications.”
“These dangerous groups terrorize through fear, intimidation, violence, and murder to control the government and bend society to their will,” Roy said. “It is clear to the men and women of Border Patrol and those on the ground that cartels have operational control of our border, which endangers the U.S., Mexico, and the migrants who seek to come here.”
“Designating these cartel factions FTOs would make it unlawful for those providing ‘material support or resources’ to them from entering the U.S. It would prevent actual members of these cartels from entering the U.S. It would also allow Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to block cartel assets,” Roy said. “Dr. Green and I detailed all of this in a letter we circulated to our colleagues last month.”
“Last week, during a hearing in the Committee on Oversight and Reform, I spoke with two men who are on the front lines fighting to keep dangerous drugs out of our communities. I asked one of them, the Director of the Houston High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Mike McDaniel, if my colleague Dr. Green and I are correct to push to label these cartels FTOs,” Roy said. “Without hesitation, Mr. McDaniel said that not only are we correct, but that we have his full support.”
“I applaud the continued commitment and seriousness with which the President and all executive agencies are taking the emergency situation at our southern border,” Roy said. “Furthermore, I’d like to thank President Donald Trump for ‘seriously’ considering designating drug cartels as FTOs. It is far past time we call these cartels just what they are.”