Congressmen to State Department: We Need to Classify Drug Cartels As Terrorists

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Posted: Feb 20, 2019 5:35 PM
Congressmen to State Department: We Need to Classify Drug Cartels As Terrorists

Source: AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana

Republican Congressmen Chip Roy (TX) and Dr. Mark Green (TN) believe Mexico's drug cartels should be classified as Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO), according to Breitbart. The two Republicans plan to send a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asking for the declaration. 

“Cartels are the problem and it is time we started acting like it. These cartels undermine our national security with a relentless attack on our border while trafficking in human beings and dangerous narcotics,” Rep. Roy said statement. “Cartels are endangering American citizens, our Mexican neighbors, and the migrants who seek to come here. I am proud to join my friend Rep. Mark Green to urge the State Department to consider designating them as a Foreign Terror Organization.”

The specific cartels Reps. Roy and Green want  to be considered FTOs include: 

• The Reynosa/Los Metros faction of the Gulf Cartel
• The Cartel Del Noreste faction of Los Zetas
• The Jalisco New Generation Cartel, an offshoot of the Sinaloa Cartel

Breitbart's Brandon Darby has followed border related issues for years. He explained why these various cartels deserve to receive the FTO classification:

Declaring these cartels as FTOs is a no-brainer. They cause havoc in the United States and Latin America. They continually bring drugs to our country and kill innocent people. In fact, cartels were fighting over territory in Cancun this weekend, where American tourists were visiting. And five people died as a result of the territory fight.

If the cartels were carrying out this kind of carnage in other parts of the world, America would be quick to jump in and fend them off. But when it comes to our own safety and security, we seem to look the other way. It's definitely contradictory. 

Here's a full copy of the draft letter: