In recent days two GOP lawmakers introduced legislation that would require the State Department to name certain Mexico-based cartels as terrorist organizations after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asked for the designation.
“Cartels are the problem and it is time we started acting like it,” said Rep. Chip Roy of Texas in a written statement. “My colleague Mark Green (R-Tenn.) and I are asking [Pompeo] to conduct a review in order to designate these specific Mexican drug cartels Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs).”
Specifically, the lawmakers are calling for the following cartels to be listed as terrorist organizations, according to Breitbart News:
— The Reynosa/Los Metros faction of the Gulf Cartel
— The Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG)
— The Cartel Del Noreste (CDN) faction of Los Zetas
Roy and Green said they chose those three “because of their particularly violent actions and intentional strategies to affect the political system.