In an interview aired Tuesday, President Trump revealed that he intends to designate Mexico’s drug cartels as terrorist groups for their role in trafficking narcotics and people. He said he has been working on designation for the past 90 days.
The designation would make it illegal for people to support members of the organization, and its members can be deported. It also requires banks to block their money and alert the Treasury Department.
This would give the Trump Administration more ability to go after the finances of cartels, and potentially also use cartel affiliation as another pretext for deporting people to Mexico.
Mexico’s Foreign Ministry said they intend to seek a high-level meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to discuss the matter, calling it a “very important issue for the bilateral agenda.”