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Congressmen File Bill to Declare Mexican Cartels Foreign Terrorist Organizations

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Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) and Rep. Mark Green (R-TN) have filed a bill to designate specific Mexican cartels as Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs).

In a written statement, Chip Roy said “Cartels are the problem and it is time we started acting like it.”

Roy continued:

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“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).”

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The congressmen’s bill singles out the following cartels as FTOs:

  • The Reynosa/Los Metros faction of the Gulf Cartel
  • The Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG)
  • The Cartel Del Noreste (CDN) faction of Los Zetas

According to Roy, these specific factions were chosen “because of their particularly violent actions and intentional strategies to affect the political system. These cartels push for an anarchic form of government which allows them to skirt laws and push their terrorist model without any legal ramifications.”

Roy’s colleague Mark Green added,

Americans know that it is time to get tough and secure our southern border through physical barriers and better enforcement. The president is using the money Congress sent him to begin building a wall, and now we must follow up with this new designation that will empower our law enforcement agents to fight the cartels.

This is just another demonstration why border security is a must.

Indeed, cartel violence is largely the result of the U.S.’s failed Drug War policies that let drug cartels profit off of black market drug sales and Mexico’s failed governing institutions. Some policies like ending the War on Drugs are ideal, but not politically realistic in today’s environment.

Nevertheless, governments have an obligation to protect their citizens from foreign threats such as drug cartels. One of the more politically realistic solutions is the construction of a border wall.

Drug cartels are only one layer of the many problems that open borders bring.

Over-extended welfare states, immigrant ghettoes, and the consolidation of leftist rule are all on the menu.

For so much talk about border security in the past two years, very little has been done, even when Republicans were in control of both chambers of Congress.

What is happening at our border merits a proper response from the U.S. government. We cannot afford to ignore this subject any longer.

 

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CRISIS: America has a Major Birth Rate Problem

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Ronald Bailey of Reason Magazine reported that American women are having less children.

He drew his piece from the latest report from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

“The general fertility rate was 58.2 births per 1,000 women aged 15–44, down 2 percent from 2018 to reach another record low for the United States,” according to initial NCHS birth data for 2019. “The total fertility rate (TFR) was 1,705.0 births per 1,000 women [1.705 births per woman] in 2019, down 1 percent from 2018 to reach another record low for the nation.”

In 2019, the total number 0f births was 3,745,540, a 1 percent decline from 3,791,712 in 2018. The report noted that this is the fifth year that the number of births has declined after an uptick in 2014, and the lowest number of births since 1986.

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In 2019, the NCHS reported that U.S. TFR had declined to 1.73 births per woman which topped the previous U.S. fertility low point of 1.74 births per woman back in 1976. This number of births per woman is still below replacement. In other words, the level at which a given age segment can exactly replace itself is below the replacement average of 2.1 births per woman. Bailey noted that “The rate has generally been below replacement since 1971 and consistently below replacement since 2007.”

Furthermore, the NCHS revealed that births to teenage females between the ages of 15 and 19 also hit a record low of 16.6 births per 1,000 women. At the peak of the baby boom in the 1950s, births to teen mothers topped out at 96.3 per 1,000 women and then started to plummet. In the early 1990s, teen births briefly rose to 61.8 per 1,000 women, but have since plummeted by 75 percent.

Ronald Bailey provided a grim overview of the declining birth rates in the developed and developing world:

The U.S. TFR is now similar to that of many other countries, including those that make up the European Union (1.543), Australia (1.74), New Zealand (1.71), Japan (1.42), South Korea (0.977), Brazil (1.73), and China (1.69). This mirrors the decades long global trend of women choosing to bear ever fewer children over the course of their lifetimes. Global total fertility stood at more than five children per woman in 1964 and is well on its way toward below replacement levels, having now dropped to 2.415 children per woman as of 2018.

Given these facts, the U.S. will need to get a handle on immigration in order to avoid a demographic collapse. It will need to also reduce its military footprint abroad and scale back the welfare state as a means of freeing up funds to implement a paid leave program.

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