For the duration of the border crisis, Red States have led the way in combatting the effects of illegal immigration. Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody (R-FL) is putting pressure on the Biden Administration to designate Mexican drug cartels as foreign terrorist organizations.
"It’s evident that the Mexican drug cartels are terrorist organizations—they are trafficking deadly fentanyl directly across the border, and it is killing tens of thousands of Americans every year," stated General Moody. "They are also fueling extreme violence at the southwest border and beyond. Sadly, the Biden administration has only emboldened the cartels to commit even more crimes on both sides of the border—through his unlawful immigration policies. So, today, I am demanding that Biden better equip the federal government to fight back by declaring the drug cartels foreign terrorist organizations."
Moody's concerns are heightened by a perceived increase in crime in the United States. Last month, a cartel styled execution occurred in California that reportedly involved a Mexican drug cartel.
Moody along with 20 other state Attorney Generals sent a letter to the Biden Administration arguing that cartels are more than just drug trafficking operations:
The letter states:
"The Mexican drug cartels threaten our national security beyond the sale of these deadly drugs. Over the past decade, Mexican drug cartels have developed well-organized armed forces to protect their reprehensible trade from rivals and from the Mexican government. The existence of such forces just across our southwestern land border, and the Mexican government’s inability to control them, pose a threat to our national security far greater than a typical drug-trafficking enterprise. That threat is made greater still by the known links between the Mexican drug cartels and Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO) like Hezbollah who already intend to do us harm. Our national security requires the federal government to disrupt this collaboration between cartels and terrorist groups."