Trump Declares Mexican Cartels Terrorist Organizations
The Mexican government has responded to President Donald Trump’s decision to label Mexican cartels as terrorist organizations, saying that they want to discuss weapons and drugs that enter Mexico from the United States.
The government said in the statement that Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Relations Marcelo Ebrard intends to call Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to set up a “high-level meeting” between officials from both nations.
“By virtue of the good relations that exist between the two countries, the Government of Mexico will seek to have a high-level meeting as soon as possible to present Mexico’s position and know the views of the United States authorities. As in other issues on the bilateral agenda, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will promote dialogue and a roadmap that allows us to move forward to reduce the flow of weapons and money to organized crime from the United States to Mexico, as well as chemical and drug precursors that cross our territory to the north country,” the statement, which was published in Spanish, read.
Trump announced his plan during an interview with Bill O’Reilly on Tuesday, where he was asked specifically if he intended to do so.
“One of the things that you’ve said to me … is that if another country murdered 100,000 Americans with guns we would go to war with that country. Yet, the Mexican drug cartels kill more than 100,000 Americans every year by the importation of dangerous narcotics,” O’Reilly began.
“Are you going to designate those cartels in Mexico as terror groups and start hitting them with drones and things like that?”
Trump responded that he didn’t want to say what he was going to do, but that they would be designated.
“So you are going to designate the Mexican cartels as terror groups?” O’Reilly asked again.
“Yeah, I will be. I have been working on that for the last 90 days. You know, designation is not that easy, you have to go through a process, and we are well into that process,” Trump said.
This is probably just a political move to funnel more money to border security, and force the Dems to come out in support of the Cartels ..... because they have to oppose anything Trump wants just on general principle.
But if we declared Cartels Terrorists and went after them like we do Islamists, that would equate to several Cartel leaders and about 500000 of their direct employees, and perhaps the 3.5 million Mexican citizens whose livelihoods depend on various parts of the drug trade and human trafficking.
Not to mention all the Policemen, Soldiers, and politicians that are on the Cartel's payroll. Are they going to be legitimate targets?
I dont see it happening.
Mexicans in general dont want the Cartels to go away. They account for about 60% of the economy in border towns. They facilitate the ability for them to illegally migrate to the US. Mexicans may consider them bad guys ..... but they are their bad guys.
Its a great excuse for us to build more wall ...... but we'd have to kill half the Population of Mexico to win the war on Cartels.
I'd support it ..... but I'm not entirely reflective of the American electorate.
I'd prefer to just build a barrier and deport about 20 million potential cartel sympathizers to the other side of the barrier.
Mandatory e-verify would fuck me over professionally, but it would also make a sizable dent in the problem. Repealing the illegally ratified 14th Amendment would have a much larger positive effect on our future society.
If Trump did this to make Dems come out in favor of Cartels, GREAT.
If he did it to get more money for the Wall, GREAT.
Thanks for your great comment. I just took the story at face value. As you point out, there HAS to be moire to it.
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