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H.R. 5509: Identifying Drug Cartels as Terrorists Act of 2019

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Are the groups of drug cartels, who commit murders, more like foreign terrorists or American gangs?


In November, President Trump said that he would designate Mexican cartels as terrorist organizations. Considering the death they’ve caused — including killing nine members of an American Mormon family in November — some drug cartels have killed more Americans than organizations already on the terrorist organization list.

But in December, Trump announced that he would back off from the move at the Mexican president’s behest.

“All necessary work has been completed to declare Mexican Cartels terrorist organizations. Statutorily we are ready to do so,” Trump tweeted. “However, at the request of a man who I like and respect, and has worked so well with us… we will temporarily hold off this designation and ...

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Brian Fitzpatrick

Sponsor. Representative for Pennsylvania's 1st congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Dec 19, 2019
Length: 2 pages
Dec 19, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Introduced on Dec 19, 2019

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on December 19, 2019. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

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Dec 19, 2019

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H.R. 5509 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 5509. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

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