Texas Gov. Designates Drug Cartels as Terrorist Organizations

The order is part of his crackdown on drugs entering Texas from Mexico.

QUICK FACTS:
  • Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed an executive order on Wednesday designating Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations.
  • Abbott also sent a letter to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris demanding that they follow suit.
  • Abbott’s order is part of his push to crack down on the transport of dangerous drugs from Mexico into the Lone Star State via the largely unsecured southern border.
BIDEN’S COMMENTS ON THE CARTELS:
  • According to Abbott, drug cartels are disguising lethal drugs such as fentanyl as counterfeit pills and even targetting children in some cases with drugs called “rainbow fentanyl pills.”
  • The governor said seizing the drugs is not enough to protect Texas and he’s calling on the Department of Public Safety to do more: “We have to move beyond just the seizure of it,” he said at a roundtable event in Midland on Wednesday. “We need to get to those who are the source providers of it and to the distributors of it here in Texas.”
  • “Fentanyl is a clandestine killer, and Texans are falling victim to the Mexican cartels that are producing it,” said Gov. Abbott. “Cartels are terrorists, and it’s time we treated them that way. In fact, more Americans died from fentanyl poisoning in the past year than all terrorist attacks across the globe in the past 100 years. In order to save our country, particularly our next generation, we must do more to get fentanyl off our streets.”
BACKGROUND:
  • The treatment of drug smugglers in the United States appears to be drastically different than the way international smugglers are treated.
  • As American Faith previously reported, a fentanyl supplier in Washington state got a 10-year sentence in federal prison.
  • However, in addition to Biden’s unwillingness to shut down illegal immigration through the southern border, the president has turned a blind eye to Mexico’s government shutting down their elite investigations unit that worked hand in hand with the United States drug enforcement for a quarter of a century.