why-trump-should-hit-pause-on-designating-mexican-cartels-as-terrorists

President Trump’s surprise revelation last week to talk show host Bill O’Reilly that he had moved to designate Mexican drug cartels as Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs) begs some hard questions. For the last few months, President Trump explained, the proposal has been going through a process of consideration, probably the U.S. State Department’s six-steps for…

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if-trump-designates-cartels-as-terrorist-groups,-he-should-go-to-war-with-them

In an interview posted online Tuesday, President Trump said he would designate Mexican drug cartels as foreign terrorist organizations, marking a major shift in U.S. policy toward Mexico, where cartels now exercise effective control of much of the country. In the interview, with former Fox News has Bill O’Reilly, Trump said his administration has been…

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why-drug-legalization-and-hugs-for-terrorists-won’t-solve-the-border-crisis

As Thucydides hinted, often when people are either afraid or malicious, they have historically tried to garb their fear or malice in the language of rationalization. After the ghastly massacre of Americans miles from the southern U.S. border, the firebrand Mexican leftist President Andrés Manuel López Obrador declined the help of Mexico’s northern neighbors in…

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no,-bret-stephens,-let’s-not-do-in-mexico-what-we-did-in-iraq

It’s amazing to see the elite consensus about Mexico congeal in real-time around failed ideas and political biases. In the wake of the massacre of nine Americans, including six children, earlier this week by cartel gunmen just fifty miles from the U.S. border, Bret Stephens of the New York Times already knows who to blame and…

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a-drug-cartel-just-defeated-the-mexican-military-in-battle

The southwest U.S. border might be quieter now than it was this spring at the height of the migrant crisis, but south of the Rio Grande the Mexican state is disintegrating. Last Thursday in the city of Culiacan, the capital of Sinaloa state, a battle erupted between government forces and drug cartel gunmen after the…

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in-2019-fiscal-year,-980,000-migrants-apprehended-at-us.-mexico-border

During fiscal year 2019, the U.S. Border Patrol arrested nearly 980,000 migrants according to recent data from acting Customs and Border Patrol commissioner Mark Morgan and available CBP data. During September 2019, 52,000 migrants were apprehended at the Southern border, Morgan said in a White House briefing, bringing the total apprehension and inadmissible number to…

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migrant-apprehensions-on-southwest-border-dropped-to-64k-in-august

The number of migrants apprehended at the southwest border dropped for a sixth straight month, with 64,000 people apprehended or turned away at border crossings in August, according to Trump administration officials. Of those, 55% were families and unaccompanied minors. While last month’s numbers represent a 56% drop from their peak in May, and a…

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file:-illegally-entering-guatemalans-aren’t-fleeing-violence,-they-settle-on-to-assemble-extra-money

A report this week in the Wall Street Journal chronicles the border crisis at one of its sources, a city in Guatemala that’s emptying out as families leave for the United States, and leaves little doubt that what’s motivating most of them to leave isn’t violence or persecution, but economic opportunity. The focus of the…

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is-enforcement-in-mexico-lowering-unlawful-immigration,-or-is-it-the-heat?

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan told a House panel Thursday that U.S. border authorities are encountering fewer large groups of migrants since Mexico began stepping up enforcement efforts at its southern border in June. Large groups have been a persistent feature of the border crisis, with groups of hundreds—in one case, more than a…

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gaze–tom-cotton:-if-us.-can-no-longer-deport-unlawful-aliens-who-like-been-ordered-deported,-who-can-we-deport?

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) questioned who federal immigration officials are allowed to deport if not illegal aliens who have already been ordered deported by an immigration judge. Last week, President Trump backed down on a plan to deport about 2,000 illegal alien families that have been ordered deported by immigration judges, saying he would use…

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