Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declares Mexican drug cartels terrorists, calls on Biden to do the same

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declares Mexican drug cartels terrorists, calls on Biden to do the same

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday issued an executive order officially designating certain Mexican drug cartels as foreign terrorist organizations, urging President Joe Biden to do the same to slow the scourge of fentanyl.

In one year’s time, fentanyl killed nearly 20 times more people than those killed in terrorist attacks over decades.

“Fentanyl is a clandestine killer, and Texans are falling victim to the Mexican cartels that are producing it,” Abbott said. “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.”

He also sent a letter to Biden requesting him to designate these cartels as foreign terrorist organizations under Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

It’s the second time he’s made the request to the president. In April 2021, Abbott requested Biden designate Mexican cartels as foreign terrorist organizations. In his Sept. 21 letter, he says that since then, “There was no action, no response.”

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