The US Congress issues a resolution authorizing President Biden to use his armed forces in Mexican territory against the drug cartels.
Mexico City.- The Congress of the United States made the proposal to break into Western countries in order to eliminate, control and eradicate fentanyl trafficking as well as a military attack against the drug cartels in Mexico that have killed more than than 70,600 Americans last year, continues to penetrate US society and leave a trail of damage.
The Biden Administration and the DEA, the anti-narcotics agency, have raised the alarm in recent weeks due to the increase in cases and especially due to the proliferation of rainbow fentanyl, which is sold in various colors to attract the youngest.
Last January, the Texan congressman Dan Crenshaw executed the proposal to the chamber, to be approved and modified by the different institutions, today “Resolution 18” is already circulating that Authorizes the use of the Armed Forces of the United States against those responsible of trafficking fentanyl or a fentanyl-related substance into the United States or conducting other related activities that cause regional destabilization in the Western Hemisphere.
Among the points of resolution, the following stand out:
Whereas armed cartels such as the Sinaloa Cartel and the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel are responsible for trafficking fentanyl and fentanyl-related substances into the United States.
Whereas fentanyl and fentanyl-related substances kill approximately 80,000 Americans each year and is the leading cause of death among American men ages 18-45.
Whereas the Sinaloa Cartel and the Los Zetas Cartel, among others, constantly engage in violence against each other and other cartels, creating instability just a few miles from the United States (Mexico) border.
Considering that in 2015, the Sinaloa Cartel shot down a Mexican military helicopter with a high-powered weapon, an intelligence operation from different organizations is deployed to analyze the fire force with which they operate.
whereas in 2019, when the Mexican National Guard arrested Ovidio Guzmán, the son of Joaquín “el Chapo” Guzmán, the Sinaloa Cartel attacked Mexican government forces and forced them to release Ovidio Guzmán; President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador himself ordered his release.
whereas in 2022, a battle between cartels along the US-Mexico border led to the closure of two ports of entry;
Whereas in 2022, a grenade attack on the United States consulate in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico forced employees to shelter in place.
Whereas Mexican cartels regularly intimidate, assault, kidnap, torture and kill Mexican law enforcement.
(a) In General.—The President is authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force against those foreign nations, foreign organizations, or foreign persons affiliated with foreign organizations that the President determines—
(1) have violated section 401(a)(1) of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1)), or have attempted or conspired to violate such section 401(a)(1) in violation of section 406 of such Act (21 U.S.C. 846), with respect to trafficking into the United States fentanyl or a fentanyl-related substance;
(2) have trafficked fentanyl or a fentanyl-related substance outside the United States with the intention of such fentanyl or fentanyl-related substance being trafficked into the United States in violation of section 401(a)(1) or 406 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1), 846) as described in paragraph (1);
(3) have produced or trafficked a substance that is a precursor to fentanyl or a fentanyl-related substance with the intention of such precursor, fentanyl, or fentanyl-related substance being trafficked into the United States in violation of section 401(a)(1) or 406 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 841(a)(1), 846) as described in paragraph (1);
(4) have engaged in kinetic actions against United States Federal, State, local, tribal, or territorial law enforcement personnel operating in the territory of the United States or abroad;
(5) have engaged in kinetic actions against law enforcement, military, or other governmental personnel of a country with a common border with the United States or any other country in the Western Hemisphere; or
(6) have used violence and intimidation for the purpose of establishing and controlling territory to be used for illicit means.
(b) Deemed Organizations.—Effective on the date of the enactment of this joint resolution, the following foreign organizations, and their members, shall be deemed to have been determined by the President under subsection (a) to meet the criteria described in such subsection:
(1) The Sinaloa Cartel.
(2) The Jalisco New Generation Cartel.
(3) The Gulf Cartel.
(4) The Los Zetas Cartel.
(5) The Northeast Cartel.
(6) The Juarez Cartel.
(7) The Tijuana Cartel.
(8) The Beltran-Levya Cartel.
(9) The La Familia Michoacana, also known as the Knight Templar Cartel.
(c) Limitation.—The authority to use all necessary and appropriate force pursuant to subsection (a) against foreign organizations and foreign persons affiliated with foreign organizations described in subsection (a) shall apply only with respect to those organizations and persons located outside of the territory of the United States.
(d) Termination.—The authority to use all necessary and appropriate force pursuant to subsection (a) shall terminate on the date that is 5 years after the date of the enactment of this joint resolution.
(1) SPECIFIC STATUTORY AUTHORIZATION.—Consistent with section 8(a)(1) of the War Powers Resolution, Congress declares that this section is intended to constitute specific statutory authorization within the meaning of section 5(b) of the War Powers Resolution.
(2) APPLICABILITY OF OTHER REQUIREMENTS.—Nothing in this joint resolution supersedes any requirement of the War Powers Resolution.
(f) Definition.—In this section, the term “fentanyl-related substance” means a fentanyl-related substance as described in section 1308.11(h)(30) of title 21, Code of Federal Regulations (or successor regulations).
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