Texas Governor Abbott signs executive order labeling drug cartel terrorists, demands same from Biden administrator


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Texas Governor Greg Abbott said Wednesday he had signed an executive order designating Mexican drug cartels as terrorists in his state.

Abbott made the announcement at a border security press conference alongside members of law enforcement.

FILE: Texas Governor Greg Abbott speaks during a press conference September 13, 2022 in Houston, Texas.
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The Republican governor exposed the dangers of clandestine production of fentanyl by Mexican drug cartels and killing thousands in the Lone Star State and across the country.

“Texans are victims of the Mexican cartels that produce and import (fentanyl). So the cartels are terrorists. And it’s time we started treating them that way,” Abbott said. “So today I issued this executive order designating cartels as terrorists in Texas.”

As part of the executive order, Abbott said he ordered the Texas Department of Public Safety, among other things, to identify gangs that support Mexican cartels and work to seize assets as well as disrupt security networks. cartels.

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“I have also asked Texas agencies to alert the public to the fentanyl crisis, including schools and workplaces through media such as social media and public service announcements to make it clear that “one pill really can kill,” Abbott said.

The governor said he also sent a letter to President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris demanding that they also classify Mexican drug cartels operating in Texas as terrorist organizations.

“Fentanyl is a scourge that is killing thousands of Americans. Drug cartels are the main suppliers of this substance. And the problem is a national emergency,” Abbott wrote in the letter to Biden.

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