Texas Gov. Greg Abbott demands Biden take ‘immediate action’ on Mexican cartels

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott demands Biden take ‘immediate action’ on Mexican cartels

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott wants the Biden administration to take “immediate action” against Mexican drug cartels by designating them

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott wants the Biden administration to take “immediate action” against Mexican drug cartels by designating them as foreign terrorist organizations.

In a Thursday letter to President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, Abbott took aim at the “dangerous and deadly” Mexican drug cartels he claims meets all three standards for the designation — including being a threat to US national security and regularly engaging in terrorist acts like kidnappings and assassinations.

“They smuggle narcotics and weapons into the United States to fund their illegal enterprises,” the Republican governor wrote. “They force women and children into human and sex trafficking, enriching themselves on the misery and enslavement of immigrants. They murder innocent people, including women and children.”

Abbott claimed “it is time” for the feds to react appropriately and label Mexican crime syndicates like Los Zetas and the Gulf Cartel as foreign terrorist groups under Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Gov. Greg Abbott wrote a letter to Joe Biden asking to help stop “dangerous and deadly" cartels.
Gov. Greg Abbott wrote a letter to Joe Biden asking to help stop “dangerous and deadly” cartels.
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The move would “bolster much-needed tools” to fight crime along the US-Mexico border, Abbott said.

“The sooner they get it done, the sooner America can secure the border and protect Americans from these deadly threats,” the letter continued.

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the head of Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel, is escorted to a helicopter in Mexico City following his capture in the beach resort town of Mazatlan, Mexico on Feb. 22, 2014.
Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the head of Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel, is escorted to a helicopter in Mexico City following his capture in the beach resort town of Mazatlan, Mexico on Feb. 22, 2014.
AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, File

Abbott, an outspoken critic of the Biden administration, has criticized the commander-in-chief for his response to the surge of unaccompanied migrant children at the border, while calling for immigration policies of former President Donald Trump to be reinstated.

“This problem will continue to get worse because the policies that have been adopted by the Biden administration,” Abbott told Fox News on Sunday. “[President Biden] could continue to build the wall along the border in South Texas. He could send a stronger message that these people should not be coming here.”

Police agents capture 31 alleged members of the cartel Union Tepito in Mexico City, Mexico on OCt. 22, 2019.
Police agents capture 31 alleged members of the cartel Union Tepito in Mexico City on Oct. 22, 2019.
EPA/Mario Guzman

Abbott’s said his latest message to the White House was the fourth letter he’s sent to the Biden administration on what he called an ongoing “humanitarian crisis” along the nation’s southern border.

The previous letters have “thus far gone unanswered,” Abbott said.

Mexican marines escort five alleged drug traffickers of the Zeta drug cartel in front of an RPG-7 rocket launcher, hand grenades, firearms, cocaine and military uniforms seized on June 9, 2011.
Mexican marines escort five alleged drug traffickers of the Zeta drug cartel in front of an RPG-7 rocket launcher, hand grenades, firearms, cocaine and military uniforms seized on June 9, 2011.
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A message seeking comment from the White House press office was not immediately returned Friday.

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