Designation of Drug Cartels as “Foreign Terrorist Organizations

04-20-2020- Designation of Drug Cartel

A Judicial Watch White Paper:

Designation of Drug Cartels as “Foreign Terrorist Organizations”

March 12, 2019

Though a critical ally and trading partner, Mexico presents unique challenges and risks to the national security of the United States. Two of the issue areas in which this is most evident are the threats posed by Mexican transnational criminal organizations (TCOs – Foreign Terrorist Organizations) and the tremendous scale of human trafficking in the country. This paper discusses two policy changes that the government of the United States may consider to address these risks: the designation of Mexican TCOs as foreign terrorist organizations, and a reassessment of the classification of the government of Mexico under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.

Part One:

Designation of Mexican Transnational Criminal Organizations as Foreign Terrorist Organizations

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