(ConcernedPatriot.com) – Thousands of agricultural workers were forced to evacuate their homes due to a cartel turf war in southern Mexico as competing criminal groups battle for control of the Guatemalan border.
Young males are coerced into joining the cartels. In the formerly peaceful state of Chiapas, activists assert that up to 60 people have been murdered in a matter of days.
In a series of massive shootouts in numerous rural areas around Chiapas last week, gunmen from the Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG) and sections of the Sinaloa Cartel engaged in battle.
According to Mexico’s Proceso, at least three thousand people from numerous smaller towns in the Chiapas jungle area fled the violence.
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Local human rights group named Digna Chavez, the gunmen have been utilizing drones equipped with “c-4” high-powered guns and are suspected of employing explosives indiscriminately against people’s homes.
The Digna Chavez Human Rights organization, said in a statement that “no authority up until now has done anything, leaving the people in complete abandonment and to their luck.” Proceso repeats this statement.
Mexico’s Aristegui Noticias said the migration is also connected to cartel gunmen going door to door and compelling fit men to join their ranks under threat of violence.
According to the news source, the violence affected approximately 100 miles of the state of Chiapas, from the border with Guatemala to the border with the state of Veracruz.
Since 2021, when multiple criminal organizations connected with either the Sinaloa or the CJNG started to battle for control of the area’s smuggling routes into Mexico, violence in the formerly tranquil state of Chiapas has dramatically increased.
Violence has persisted ever since in an intermittent form up to the most recent and significant spike last week.
According to American officials, the Chapitos network is also responsible for a campaign of terror and violence inside Mexico, in addition to thousands of fentanyl-related deaths in American neighborhoods.
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said at a press conference after the indictments were revealed, “They frequently torture and kill their victims. “They have fed some of their victims—both dead and alive—to Chapitos tigers.”
U.S. officials claim that cartel leaders are just unconcerned about the poisoning of so many people and are aware of the lethal threat that fentanyl poses to Americans who are battling opiate addiction.
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Designating Drug Cartels As Terrorist Organizations
In recent years, the standard reaction to emerging national security concerns has been the designation of new terrorist organizations.
Legislation designating Antifa, Black Lives Matter, the Ku Klux Klan, white supremacists, and other groups as domestic terrorist organizations have been called for in response to the widespread domestic protests in 2019 and 2020 and the riot on January 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol.
There have even been requests for Russia’s mercenary Wagner Group to be classified as a foreign terrorist group due to the atrocities committed during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
But the scale of the drug trafficking problem in America is more problematic than the absence of laws.
The official designation of a group as a terrorist organization is thought to have various benefits. It makes it easier to prosecute people who give certain groups financial support.
Fentanyl is killing our communities, & drug cartels are responsible.
Yesterday, I designated drug cartels as terrorist organizations & directed @TxDPS to target cartel operations.
It's time for Biden to do the same & join the fight to eliminate the scourge of fentanyl. pic.twitter.com/ub2sJCseiL
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The Mx Cartels must be designated as Foreign Terrorist Organizations…. pic.twitter.com/R3l1rG0CHx
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The law against providing material assistance, which judges have opted to define liberally, has proven helpful in the fight against homegrown terrorists.
The U.S. Treasury Department is also empowered to impose asset freezes and ban financial transactions when a group is designated as a terrorist organization.
Additionally, the classification enables authorities to prevent foreign nationals from entering the country and makes it easier for them to be expelled.
Although there are several laws to address it, drug trafficking is already a severe felony in the United States. Over the past 20 years, some hundred would-be jihadists have been successfully prosecuted for funding foreign terrorist organizations, but tens of thousands have been imprisoned for drug trafficking-related charges.
It is unclear whether or exactly how giving a global criminal organization a terrorist name will considerably increase U.S. legal jurisdiction.
Ironically, the USA Patriot Act, enacted in 2001 after the 9/11 attacks, authorized terrorism-related investigators “to use the tools that were already available to investigate organized crime and drug trafficking.”
It would seem preferable to establish legislation intended to address any specific weaknesses rather than redesignating TCOs or drug traffickers as foreign terrorist organizations if there are holes in the law about these groups.
It is not because it increases legal authority but rather because it makes a strong statement that the terrorist label seems to be popular. People consider terrorism to be more horrific than regular crime.
Some people feel that labeling it as drug trafficking, kidnapping, or murder doesn’t capture the magnitude of public fury.
The terrorist designation raises the problem, implying that more action is needed to stop these types of crimes from happening again and that, in this situation, the United States will intervene if Mexico does not. A terrorist designation increases the likelihood of military action.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said in response to the murders in Matamoros that we would unleash “the fury and the might of the United States.”
Antifa General Merrick Garland who has no problem labeling moms and dads as domestic terrorists and prosecuting J6 protesters as terrorists has a hard time on whether the Mexican cartel should be designated as a terrorist organization. pic.twitter.com/7sK2lYnFeM
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“If someone didn’t get it,” he said, “It’s time now to get serious and use all the tools in our toolbox, not just in the prosecution way, not just in the law enforcement lane, but in the military lane as well.”
He specifically urged Congress to approve using military force to destroy drug labs rather than invading Mexico.
The Mexican government is naturally alarmed and incensed by such statements, and one could excuse it for failing to recognize the difference between the U.S. demolition of drug laboratories and an invasion.
However, the aggressive rhetoric of Washington might prompt the Mexican government to take additional action to stabilize the situation.
Although the government cannot completely eradicate the drug cartels, it can exert more pressure on some groups than others due to the complex links between the Mexican government and the traffickers.
Wray Doesn’t Answer If Drug Cartels Should Be Designated as a Terrorist Organization
“… I do believe that the cartels represent a significant threat.” pic.twitter.com/ad9HrPg2qW
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