Texas Congressman Chip Roy Introduces Bill to Classify Mexican Cartels as Foreign Terrorist Organizations

In early March, Texas Congressman Chip Roy introduced legislation that would label Mexican drug cartels as Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO) as a response to the growing degrees of migrant trafficking and lethal drugs into the US, which these cartels largely facilitate. 

Under the Drug Cartel Terrorist Designation Act,  the State Department is required to designate the Gulf Cartel, the Cartel Del Noreste, the Sinaloa Cartel, and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel as foreign terrorist organizations.

The bill would also require the State Department to issue a report on those cartels and any additional cartels that meet the criteria for such a designation.

Fox News noted the following about cartels’ influence at the southern border:

Cartels control large sections of the southern border on the Mexican side and facilitate the smuggling of drugs, illicit cargo and illegal migrants across the border –  with most migrants having to pay cartel smugglers in order to be able to cross illegally into the United States.

“It’s long past time to designate these cartels as the terrorists they are and give U.S. authorities the tools needed to take them down,” Roy declared. “That’s why I started pushing the Trump administration for FTO designations during my first few months in Congress, why I introduced this legislation last Congress, and why I’m introducing it again.”

VideoThe bill has 21 co-sponsors including Reps. Dan Bishop, R-N.C., Lisa McClain, R-Mich, Tom Tiffany, R-Wis., Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., Byron Donalds, R-Fla., and Beth Van Duyne, R-Texas.

Florida Senator Rick Scott and Kansas Senator Roger Marshall similarly introduced legislation that would classify cartels as FTOs. Seasoned neoconservative and chicken hawk Lindsey Graham has pushed for taking military action against Mexican cartels. 

Mexican cartels merit massive condemnation and a firm response on US soil. However, invading Mexico could perhaps be a dangerous proposition. For one, there are plenty of American nationals in Mexico that could be subject to massive reprisals should the US invade. Also many cartels have members stateside who could also retaliate and spread the war on our soil. On top of that, by labeling cartels as terrorist organizations, many duplicitous migrants could exploit the asylum system and claim that they’re fleeing Mexico because of terrorism or because their government is incapable of maintaining public order. 

Instead, the US needs to focus on securing its border by militarizing it, taking on the cartels at home by busting up their logistical operations, and throwing the book at cartel members and executing their ring leaders. None of this requires an invasion of Mexico, which in all likelihood serves as a Trojan Horse for creating a North American Union — a globalist project that we should all avoid.

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