Trump to Designate Mexican Drug Cartels as Terrorist Groups

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Donald Trump recently announced that he will designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups. In response, Mexico asked for a high level meeting with US State Department officials over the issue. It is illegal for Americans to offer support to organizations designated as terrorist groups. Also, members of designated terrorist groups cannot enter the US. If a financial organization discovers it has money connected with a terrorist group, it must block that money and report the issue to the US Treasury Department. 

In Northern Mexico, a deadly attack occurred recently against three women and six children of dual US-Mexican nationality. Authorities in Mexico attribute the deaths to mistaken identification by drug gang warlords as enemy combatants. A former Mexican congressman Alex LeBaron put blame on both countries for the drug wars and warned against a “US invasion.”

Throughout Mexico, various drug cartels have lots of power over different regions of the country. The Sinaloa Cartel dominates much of North Western Mexico. This organization was the top supplier of illegal drugs to the US during its time under the reign of “El Chapo”. It has horrific fighting capabilities and was even able to battle the Mexican military in public last October. Even worse, the gang staged a prison break and was able to get El Chapo’s son released from captivity. The group still sells billions in drugs to the US, Europe and Asia.

The Jalisco New Generation cartel is Sinaloa’s main competitor. This group dominates western Mexico and is thought to have over $20 billion in assets. The Jalisco cartel is the top seller of synthetic drugs in North America.

The Gulf cartel dominates north-eastern Mexico. This cartel brings in billions each year and is known for smuggling marijuana and cocaine into the US.

The Los Zetas cartel was founded by corrupt members of elite Mexican special forces. This cartel dominates north-eastern Mexico and is involved in cigaret smuggling as well as human trafficking and drug dealing.

All of these groups will be identified as terrorists if the new rule is implemented.

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