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U.S. Government to Call Mexican Drug Cartels as Terrorists

U.S. President Donald Trump said he’ll designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups for their role in trafficking narcotics and…

By Brooks Schroth , in Defense News , at November 27, 2019 6:53 AM EST Tags: , ,

U.S. President Donald Trump said he’ll designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups for their role in trafficking narcotics and people, prompting a speedy call for talks by Mexico.

Soon afterward, Mexico’s foreign ministry released a statement saying it could rapidly seek a high-level meeting with U.S. State Division officers to address the legal designation in addition to the flow of arms and money to established crime.

Once a specific group is named as a terrorist group, under U.S. regulation, it’s illegal for people in America to offer aid knowingly, and its members cannot enter the nation and could also be deported.

Financial institutions that become aware they’ve funds linked to the group should block the money and inform the U.S. Treasury Division.

Earlier this month, Trump had offered in a tweet to help Mexico “wage WAR on the drug gangs and eradicate them from the earth” in the aftermath of the most ferocious attack on U.S. citizens in Mexico for years.

Three women and six children of U.S.-Mexican nationality had been killed in the attack in northern Mexico. Mexican authorities mentioned they could have been victims of mistaken identity between confrontations among drug cartels in the region.

Alex LeBaron, an ex-Mexican congressman and relative of some of the victims, on Twitter, rejected the concept of a U.S. “invasion.”

The LeBaron extended family has been in disputes with drug traffickers in Chihuahua, and victims’ relatives stated the killers should have known who they had been targeting.