• Clarifying Moment: Tragic Murders in Mexico Demand a Response Which Will Secure America’s Border

    Surge Summary: The hideous murder by a drug cartel in Mexico of nine Americans offers the opportunity to make clear the genuine threat on America’s southern border that the president and so many others have been warning about. The chaos in Mexico poses a real threat to U.S. security that must be addressed. 

    by Gary Bauer

    There are conflicting reports, but it appears that at least nine members of an American family were murdered by Mexican drug cartel thugs.  They are members of a Mormon community in Mexico who were ambushed as they were traveling to pick up a relative.

    Some reports suggest that their convoy of SUVs may have been mistaken for a rival gang.  Regardless, three women and six children were brutally murdered in an attack that took place about 100 miles from the Arizona border.

    This is a horrible, evil act.  Nonetheless, out of this brutality there may be a teachable moment.

    President Trump has been warning for years about the dangers of our unsecured southern border.  He was mocked by the media, by progressive politicians, by liberal judges and by radical special interest groups.

    But the president has persistently cited the nefarious activities of brutal gangs and drug cartels as reason enough for securing the border and knowing who is entering the country.

    We know the gangs and cartels are engaged in child trafficking, drug trafficking and human smuggling.  Yet every attempt by the president to get the situation under control has been blocked by the left.

    Progressives and NeverTrumpers routinely try to embarrass Trump by saying, “Look, he’s not getting the wall built.”  That’s because they have been fighting tooth and nail to stop him!

    Mexican politicians are afraid to speak out against the cartels because scores have been assassinated.  Reporters are afraid to expose the cartels too.  At least a dozen journalists have been murdered in Mexico so far this year.

    Just a few weeks ago, the Mexican military had an engagement against one of the cartels.  The “Federales” lost.

    Mexico’s murder rate set a record last year with more than 33,300 people killed.

    The likelihood of Mexico becoming a failed state, overrun by drug lords, and unable or unwilling at some point to stop the flow of mass migration, presents a much greater danger to the United States than anything that is happening on the border of Turkey and Syria.

    In a series of tweets [Tuesday] morning, President Trump denounced the murders of these American citizens and urged Mexico to step up its fight against the cartels, declaring, “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.”

    Originally posted here.

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge. 

    Image: Screen shot; https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2019/11/05/us-family-members-killed-mexico-rivers-newday-vpx.cnn

    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.

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