Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott, who is running for re-election in the November midterm elections, issued an executive order on Wednesday designating so-called Mexican cartels as terrorist organizations.
In this way, the president ordered the Texas Department of Public Safety to take the necessary measures to protect people in the state.
Greg Abbott went further and asked President Joe Biden that, at the federal level, the members of the groups identified as the Sinaloa and Jalisco New Generation cartels also be considered terrorists.
The Republican focused much of his speech on the damage that highly destructive drugs such as fentanyl have caused to the US population.
“Fentanyl is a clandestine killer and Texans are falling victim to the Mexican cartels that produce it,” said Governor Abbott.
“Cartels are terrorists and it is time we treat them that way. In fact, more Americans died from fentanyl poisoning last year than all terrorist attacks worldwide in the last 100 years,” he added.
He also called for focusing efforts on dismantling and freezing the accounts of Texas gangs that help distribute drugs through illegal trafficking networks.
The governor also sent a letter to state agency leaders directing them to step up efforts to combat the fentanyl crisis.
He also asked them to prepare for the next legislative session with statutory changes, budget priorities and other initiatives that will improve Texas’ ability to combat fentanyl deaths across the country.
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Abbott has widened the advantage in voting intention over Democrat Beto O’Rourke in the race for governor of Texas, and now has a favorable difference of 9 points, up from 7 points last month, according to a poll published on Monday.