Senator Lindsey Graham, RS, On Tuesday, he warned that America was “under attack” from Mexican drug cartels, and urged fellow lawmakers and the chief of homeland security that the United States needed to “be at war with them” in response to the fentanyl crisis.
“What are we going to do about poisoning America?” Graham said at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, which Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorcas attended as a witness. “Here’s what I would say: America is under attack. Our nation is under attack by foreign powers called Mexico’s drug cartels.”
Graham noted that about 70,000 Americans die annually from fentanyl – which is produced in Mexico using Chinese precursors and then smuggled across the US land border. The cartels facilitate both the production and transportation of fentanyl into the United States
He said, “When the Japanese attacked America at Pearl Harbor, they killed about 3,000 Americans; 9/11 when we were attacked, about 3,000. This is the largest attack on the American homeland by a foreign power in the nation’s history.”
Graham used hearing aids to Return his calls For the cartels to be declared foreign terrorist organizations and for the United States to use military force to eliminate the cartel laboratories.
Attorney General Merrick Garland She recently told lawmakers that Mexico is helping the United States on the fentanyl issue, but it could still do more. He also said Mexico was “deliberately unleashing” the epidemic. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has told lawmakers that parts of Mexico are under the control of cartels.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador reacted angrily to the increased rhetoric from Washington and falsely claimed that fentanyl was not produced in Mexico as he tried to blame the United States.
“Here, we don’t produce fentanyl, we don’t consume fentanyl,” López Obrador said. “Why don’t they [the United States] Caring for their problem of social decay?
He also threatened to interfere in the US elections by launching an “information campaign” against the Republicans. “And if they do not change their position and believe that they will use Mexico for propaganda, electoral and political purposes, we will call on them not to vote for this party, because it is intrusive, inhumane, hypocritical and corrupt,” López Obrador said. adding later that Mexico would insist that “not a single vote” go to Republicans from Mexicans and Spaniards.
But Graham doesn’t back down. On Tuesday, he pointed to a map showing all the “no travel” zones issued by the State Department.
“Who controls these red zones? The drug cartels make billions of dollars bringing fentanyl into the country and people smuggling because of the broken immigration system,” he said.
He added that it was time to “take the gloves off”.
“They are at war with us. We must be at war with them.”