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


The text of the bill below is as of Dec 19, 2019 (Introduced).

Summary of this bill

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

Context

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 ...


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 5509

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

December 19, 2019

(for himself and Mr. Brindisi) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To deem certain cartel organizations to be foreign terrorist organizations pursuant to section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Identifying Drug Cartels as Terrorists Act of 2019.

2.

Certain cartels as foreign terrorist organizations

The following organizations are hereby deemed to be foreign terrorist organizations pursuant to section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1189):

(1)

The Gulf Cartel.

(2)

The Jalisco New Generation Cartel.

(3)

The Beltran Leyva Cartel.

(4)

The Juarez Cartel.

(5)

The Los Zetas Cartel.

(6)

The Sinaloa Cartel.

(7)

The Tijuana Cartel.