Waltz Says U.S. Needs Updated Monroe Doctrine

Waltz Says U.S. Needs Updated Monroe Doctrine

“According to Homeland Security Investigations, cartel revenue from human smuggling has soared from $500 billion in 2018 to $13 billion today.”

Daniel Molina
Daniel Molina
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January 9, 2023

Florida Rep. Mike Waltz (R) has released an op-ed on Fox News, discussing the need to update the Monroe Doctrine. In the op-ed, Rep. Waltz argues that the Monroe Doctrine should be updated to make sure that it emphasizes North American security and prosperity.

Rep. Waltz has been one of the leading and most vocal critics of President Joe Biden (D), and in a new op-ed, the Florida Republican calls on the president to “get serious on energy, China, cartels.”

Waltz cited the “Three Amigos” summit that will take place this week between President Biden, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Mexico City. The leaders will discuss the trilateral goals for North America. From this meeting, Waltz is hoping that the Western Hemisphere can reach a consensus on an updated Monroe Doctrine, “one that prioritizes the security and prosperity for the United States and our neighbors.”

“Over the last two years we’ve seen very little urgency from the Biden administration to take serious steps to secure our border,” warned Waltz, adding that “they’ve fought to end Remain in Mexico, halted the construction of the border wall, and continue to release thousands of illegal immigrants into our country without knowing where the [sic] go.”

Waltz further detailed that “according to Homeland Security Investigations, cartel revenue from human smuggling has soared from $500 billion in 2018 to $13 billion today.” Moreover, “these operations impact all three North American countries with the constant flow of drugs and migrants, as well as the cartel-related violence that has erupted in Mexico.”

Waltz suggested that the Biden administration is pretending that a "war" with cartels isn't going on, but "the cartels are waging a shadow war against our cities, Middle America and Mexico with drug smuggling, human trafficking and violence."

The op-ed also comes after President Biden took a trip to the southern border.

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Daniel Molina

Daniel Molina

Daniel Molina is an award-winning senior reporter based in Miami. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Florida International University. His hobbies include reading, writing, and watching films.

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