Nine American citizens were recently killed in Mexico by a drug cartel. The victims ranged from three American women and six of their children that were gunned down in Sonora, Mexico.
The victims were reportedly part of the Mormon church that had a long-running settlement in Northern Mexico. Located about 70 miles south of the Arizona border, their vehicles were found burned and with bullet holes scattered throughout the SUVs.
The victims range in age from the youngest being infants to a 43-year-old woman, were traveling back to Utah when the cartels came in contact with them. According to a family member, Lafe Langford Jr., three vehicles were in progress to their destination when one got a flat tire.
The initial investigation is theorizing that the family may have been mistaken for a rival gang. A cartel based in Chihuahua is suspected to be responsible for the mass murder. The three-caravan was then reported to have been confronted by the Mexican drug cartel. The cartel then began the reign of terror when they open fired on the vehicles and then proceeded to burn them.
While initial the families affected were part of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, more recent information has possibly contradicted that. A spokesman for the Mormon Church declared that he believes they were ‘members of a polygamist sect.
The remains of at least 58 people have been discovered in mass graves in Mexico’s Sonora state just south of the Arizona border. Just a three-hour drive from Phoenix, the mass gravesite is believed to be related to drug cartel violence. Mexican officials have theorized that most of the victims in the burials were from a violent battle that happened six years ago. The government forces attempted to take seize of a leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel, and this resulted in a massive gun battle.
Sonora is recognized as an ideal location that is utilized by the international drug trade and human trafficking channels. Due to this, the U.S. has issued an advisory for travelers and suggests that U.S. citizens avoid traveling to this area.
President Trump wasted little time in confronting this catastrophic situation and demanded that the cartels be stopped.
“This is the time for Mexico, with the help of the United States, to wage WAR on the drug cartels and wipe them off the face of the earth,” President Trump tweeted in regards to the situation.
President Trump has long been an outspoken critic against open borders agenda and has heavily campaigned on creating a safer immigration plan. However, Mexican President Andres Manual Lopez Obrador ultimately rejected Trump’s offer in assisting to “wage war” on drug cartels.
Trump publicly offered to send U.S. military forces to aid the Mexican government in combatting crime and gang efforts. President Lopez Obrador has long been a critic of engaging with organized crime by using power.
Just a day after the nine people were murdered, the Mexican president released this statement:
“We have to act independently and according to our constitution, and in line with our tradition of independence and sovereignty. War is irrational. We are for peace. It is a characteristic of this new government.”
While President Trump made clear that the United States does not stand for senseless acts of violence, Lopez Obrador does not seem to have the same convictions. The White House’s offer to ensure the murderous cartel faces justice was shot done.
The White House deputy press secretary confirmed that both presidents have spoken to discuss the increasingly violent behavior of drug cartels. The topic of border cooperation and plans going forward concerning the United States’ and Mexico’s relationships were also talked about.
The process of technically classifying drug cartels as terrorists have been brought forth by President Trump. If this were to occur, the use of the military could be used to deal with the ever-growing cartel crime wave.
Lopez Obrador has continued to insist on non-violent ways to try and deal with the ever-growing cartel problem, despite the backlash. He calls his policy “hugs not bullets,” which supposedly addresses things such as education, unemployment, and poverty levels. Maybe someone should tell the Mexican president that the cartels that viciously murdered and burned alive the innocent victims, that they just needed more hugs.
One of President Trump’s most significant campaign issues has centered around illegal immigration and the border wall that would secure the United States’ southern border against Mexico. He just vetoed for a second time, a congressional attempt to stop his border emergency resolution.
Calling it a national emergency, the president held firm with insisting we need Armed Forces to help in assisting this massive undertaking. The border emergency declaration enables the use of federal funds to assist in paying for border wall construction.
Undermining our nation’s sovereignty is not solely a Democrat initiative. 11 Republican lawmakers joined with Democrats in overturning the declaration. Even though the GOP is in control of the Senate, a vote of 54-41 occurred in September to overturn this act of trying to gain control of our border.
Back in February, the most prolonged government shutdown in U.S. history was ignited by disagreement over wall funding. When the declaration was announced, it showed the allowance of $6 billion in funds that would go towards building the physical barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border.
The Democrats want to give billions away to illegal immigrants for health care, but spending money to secure our nation’s sovereignty is just out of the question. Despite the resistance best efforts, a reported 71 miles of a new border wall has been built. An additional 450 miles of the new wall is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.
Dangerous cartels, drug smugglers, and sex trafficking leaders are coming to the United States due to our failure in border protection. The horrendous events that were bestowed upon the nine Americans that were brutally murdered by Mexican drug cartels should not be in vain. It is not hateful to protect our borders. America’s sovereignty is based on our ability to maintain who crosses our boundaries and what is allowed in.