America faces severe challenges, both foreign and domestic.
Many adversaries pose a threat to the country’s freedom and way of life.
And Donald Trump just made one huge move to combat a growing national crisis.
Illegal immigration from Mexico and Central America remain a huge concern for the United States.
Even immigrants from other continents are traveling to South America and trekking north to enter the United States.
Security is a serious concern, because a country without borders will eventually topple.
Another threat south of the border is the scourge of Mexican cartels.
The cartels profiteer from trafficking people north, but their main business is drugs.
Illegal drugs are a multi-billion dollar enterprise that has given the cartels considerable power.
Cartel violence has led to war-zone conditions in some parts of Mexico.
Recently, Ovidio Guzman, son of Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, was released from custody after the cartel unleashed war on the city of Culiacan.
After a spate of cartel murders, the Mexican authorities let the younger Guzman go.
Also recently, nine American members of a Mormon expat community in Mexico were slaughtered by the cartel in a road ambush.
For these reasons, Trump took a bold step toward battling the cartel.
During an interview with Bill O’Reilly, Trump said that he would be designating the Mexican cartels as terrorist organizations.
“I don’t want to say what I am going to do, but they will be designated,” Trump said.
“I’ve already offered Mexico…to let us go in and clean it out and [the president of Mexico] so far has rejected the offer but at some point something has to be done. Look, we are losing 100,000 people a year to what is happening and what is coming through on Mexico.”
Overdoses from drugs coming from Mexico is a serious problem.
Fentanyl, an opioid 50-100 times more potent than morphine, is ravaging communities.
Meanwhile, as evidenced by the embarrassing Ovidio Guzman episode, the Mexican government doesn’t seem equipped to deal with the problem.
Cartels overrunning police stations and threatening entire forces into quitting isn’t unheard of.
Also, the last round of elections in 2017-18 saw 132 politicians murdered; 48 were actual candidates and the rest were party employees.
Such political strife in the United States is unthinkable, and Trump wants to ensure that doesn’t happen in America.
Unfortunately, the crime syndicates have slowly encroached into the United States over the years with cartel-affiliated street gangs operating the drug trade in America.
Designating the cartels as terrorist organizations is a bold move to combat this growing threat.
Thus far, the Mexican government has been resistant to allowing America to aid in the cartel problem and doesn’t believe Trump will follow through with designation, but something has to change.
It’s unclear if this escalation in the war on drugs will be effective, but business-as-usual cannot continue.
Trump is showing that he’s serious about addressing the growing crisis.