Published On: Thu, Mar 9th, 2023

U.S. Republicans ready to declare Mexican cartels as terrorists

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The bill will be introduced in the next few days and promotes declaring these cartels as a “foreign terrorist organization” and intends to authorize the U.S. Army to intervene against these organizations ‘wherever they are.’

(WASHINGTON D.C. – Times Media Mexico) – The U.S. Republicans are ready to declare drug cartels as terrorist groups. On Wednesday, they took another step by preparing and soon introducing a bill that advocates that designation and authorizes the U.S. Army to intervene.

“They have terrorized Americans for decades. We will destroy their business model and way of life because our national security depends on taking decisive action.” Legislators Lindsey Graham and John Neely Kennedy said in a press conference.

The bill will be introduced soon and promotes declaring these cartels a foreign terrorist organization (FTO) to activate more mechanisms against them. The senators also intend to authorize the U.S. Army to intervene against these organizations “wherever they are.” 

“We hope to do it in collaboration with the countries where they are, but if we have to do it on our own, we will do it alone,” Graham said to the reporters.

FILE – In this Feb. 10, 2020 file photo, National Guard patrol vehicles drive through the central square in Apaseo el Alto, Guanajuato state, Mexico. The two most powerful drug cartels in the hemisphere are battling over this industrial and farming hub of central Mexico — a state that has attracted gangs for the same reason it has lured auto manufacturers: road and rail networks that lead straight to the U.S. border. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced last December that in 2022 it seized 379 million potentially lethal doses of fentanyl, “enough to kill all U.S. citizens.”

Graham has branded Mexico a “narco-terrorist state” and told Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador: “Fentanyl is a weapon of mass destruction coming from your country. You are allowing safe havens for these groups to operate with impunity. We ask you to help us.” Lopez ObradorMexico’s president, sees the designation pursued as violating its sovereignty because it would authorize the U.S. military to fight these organizations.

The United States already sanctions Mexican cartels, but Democrat Joe Biden’s administration is not ruling out, for now, the possibility of going further and declaring them as terrorist organizations. 

San Miguel Times



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