The ongoing immigration crisis at the southern border continues to escalate as rising crime rates and massive increases in drug overdoses continue to plague not only the border states, but the rest of the United States as well. President Donald Trump has a plan for this – beyond the forthcoming wall and enhanced deportation efforts, according to Breitbart News.
The organization met with President Trump this week to talk about drug crimes. The president revealed that the administration is taking Mexican drug cartels very seriously as a threat to the United States. President Trump is said to be considering labeling these dangerous factions as Foreign Terrorist Organizations, or FTOs.
“We’re thinking about doing it very seriously. In fact, we’ve been thinking about it for a long time,” the president said.
“It’s psychological, but it’s also economic,” Trump continued. “As terrorists — as terrorist organizations, the answer is yes. They are.”
Trump’s concern stems from the surge in violence and crime in Mexico; both the rising death toll (42,000 murders last year) and the lawlessness of the cartels pose a danger to the US. The President went on to say that Mexico was one of the most unsafe countries in the world, despite the country’s new leadership.
“Now, I’m with them. I really like the new president,” he said. “He’s a wonderful guy, but you know, 42,000 murders. A lot of it is drug-induced.”
President Trump also shared insight about his recent border trips this winter. He visited the border area in January and February. The media paid little attention to some of the most horrific events unfolding right at the border, according to the President, who spoke about his trip.
“When I was down on the border in Rio Grande three weeks ago, they had 26 people killed right near where I was,” President Trump recalled. “And it was a gang fight, and they were buried on the site. That was right near the area that I was at. The papers don’t even write about it. You know, did you read about the 26 people killed? You don’t even read about it.”
His January trip included tours of the border at McAllen, Texas with Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn. Gun battles raged just across the border in Tamaulipas, Mexico, during the visit. 30 people were killed in that battle alone, which was attributed to cartel violence.
If President Trump’s administration moved to designate the violent Mexican drug cartels as foreign terrorist organizations, additional resources could be brought to bear to decrease the harm caused by these organizations, both to the United States and to their native Mexico. The declaration, if made, would pose sanctions on both cartels and anyone providing them with assistance and would make the border area safer on both sides.
~ Patriotic Freedom Fighter