As U.S. Customs and Border Patrol reach their breaking point, President Donald Trump slammed Mexico and the constant flow of drugs along the southern border this afternoon.
In the Oval Office, President Trump said he will give Mexico one year to stop the flow of drugs, and if that does not happen he will either “close the border or impose tariffs.”
“If Mexico doesn’t apprehend these people coming” into the United States from Central America, “we’re going to tax the cars. And if that doesn’t work, we’re going to close the border,” Trump said. “If in a year from now, drugs continue to pour in, we’re going to put tariffs up.”
A report from the CBP stated the U.S. is on track for 1 million apprehensions by the end of the fiscal year. President Trump’s statement comes as Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is in Texas visiting the ongoing crisis. This week, Nielsen authorized a border crisis meeting in Texas to oversee emergency response operations, and re-assigned Manuel Padilla as the lead official to coordinate DHS and interagency support.
President Trump has already shown how serious he is about the southern crisis by shutting down all aid to Central America last week.
According to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Mexico is the primary source of heroin available in the U.S. Heroin production in Mexico is at an all-time high as opium poppy cultivation and heroin production allow Mexican Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCOs) to supply high-purity, low-cost heroin. Synthetic opioids and fentanyl are primarily from China and Mexico.
Methamphetamine continues to cause severe addiction and is widely available. Most meth is produced in Mexico and then smuggled across the U.S./Mexico border. The DEA noted that laboratories in the states have declined.
Even with marijuana becoming more normalized across the country, Mexico still remains the foreign source supplier to the U.S.
MEXICAN TRANSNATIONAL CRIMINAL ORGANIZATIONS (TCOS) CRISIS
While the flow of numerous drugs remains a massive threat to the U.S. the cartels who completely dominate the southern border environment remain the biggest threat. The Sinaloa Cartel continues to have the biggest impact and largest footprint in the U.S. Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG) has increased their territory claim and has expanded in the last couple of years.
Other notable TCOs are from Columbia, the Dominican Republic and Asia.
Marissa Martinez is a political contributor for Accuracy in Media. She is the former political director to Massachusetts Governor’s re-election campaign, alumna of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and political consultant to national PACs. Follow her AIM border stories, @MarissaAlisa.