Garland’s Baffling Reason Why Mexican Cartels Are Not Labeled as Terrorists

During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham asked Attorney General Merrick Garland if he would endorse the classification of Mexican drug cartels as terrorists to better combat their offenses against Americans. Although Garland didn’t object to the idea, he cautioned that it might result in diplomatic complications with the Mexican government.

It’s unsurprising that the Mexican government opposes the reclassification, given that a number of officials are suspected of having links to the cartels and profiting from their lucrative drug and human trafficking operations into the United States. As a result, Republican Congressmen Michael Waltz and Dan Crenshaw, both of whom are veterans, introduced a bill in January that would permit the deployment of military force against Mexican cartels.

In a statement, Waltz remarked that the actions of the heavily armed and well-funded Sinola and Jalisco cartels have rendered the situation at the southern border unsustainable for law enforcement personnel. He contended that it’s time to launch an offensive and that the United States was effective in assisting the Colombian government in dismantling cartels in the 1990s, and that it must do so again now.

Crenshaw contributed, “The cartels are actively waging a war against us – causing a crisis at our border, poisoning almost 80,000 Americans with fentanyl every year, and turning Mexico into a failed narco-state. It’s imperative that we directly confront them. Through my legislation, we will be on a war footing with the cartels by granting authorization for the use of military force against them. We cannot permit heavily armed and lethal cartels to destabilize Mexico and smuggle individuals and drugs into the United States. We need to begin treating them as we do ISIS – because that is precisely who they are.”

It’s evident that the Mexican drug cartels pose a significant danger to both American citizens and our national security. The Mexican government’s refusal to classify them as terrorists indicates that they’re unwilling to take the requisite measures to safeguard their citizens or ours. It’s now up to the United States to take a stance and issue a clear signal that we will no longer tolerate these perilous criminals. We must employ every available tool, such as military force, to guarantee that these cartels are halted and held accountable. It’s time for us to reclaim our borders and safeguard our citizens from these merciless criminals.

Source: Townhall

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