SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton wants Mexican drug cartels to be classified as Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs), and he is joining a Virginia-led multi-state coalition to get that done.
A letter has gone out to President Joe Biden and United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken that highlights the role of Mexican cartels as the main driver in the distribution of fentanyl. The letter also accuses those cartels of committing extreme violence while causing the deaths of thousands of Americans.
But the letter goes so far as to pinpoint the Sinaloa Cartel and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel as groups that should be designated terrorist organizations.
Classifying these cartels as Foreign Terrorist Organizations would equip both federal and state law enforcement agencies with more aggressive tools to stop the violence and importation of fentanyl from across our southern border. The letter highlights that a change in posture and designation would grant these agencies “increased powers to freeze cartel assets, deny entry to cartel members, and allow prosecutors to pursue tougher punishments against those who provide material support to the cartels.”
The states believe that under the Biden Administration, Mexican cartels have been emboldened like never before, and they say it is vital that drastic actions be taken to protect the American public from these terrorist organizations.
The letter states: “Collectively, the destructive status quo caused by fentanyl and violence is costing hundreds of thousands of American lives each year. This catastrophic loss of life is inexcusable, yet it has received an anemic response from the federal government. To protect Americans from these terrorist organizations, you must take decisive action against the Mexican drug cartels by designating the Sinaloa Cartel, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, and other similarly situated cartels as foreign terrorist organizations.”
Attorney General Paxton also previously sent a letter requesting that the Biden Administration designate fentanyl as a weapon of mass destruction and take further steps to combat the distribution of the lethal drug.