Former AG Bill Barr says Mexican drug cartels should be wiped off the face of the Earth ‘like ISIS’ because they have too much money and power for courts to ever bring them to justice
Barr, 72, sat down with Newsmax’s Greta Van Susteren to discuss to Mexican drug cartels.
He likened them to terrorist groups, and said they should be treated as such, particularly as they’ve been blamed for inundating the US with deadly fentanyl.
‘I think [the Mexicans] have to be forced and pushed into action with us,’ he said. ‘I think we have to more active against the cartels. In my mind, we have to approach the cartels more like ISIS and less like the mafia.’
He also said the individualized prosecution against cartels is ineffective, as they are ‘effectively’ acting like ‘terrorist organizations.’
‘And the idea of a case-by-case prosecution down there to stop these organizations would be like going after, you know, ISIS and Syria on the same basis,’ he said. ‘They are increasingly building their connections with terrorists. Their paramilitary can take on the Mexican military and they have so much money they can corrupt any system, the justice system in Mexico.
‘Even a normal everyday murder is (in Mexico) about a four percent chance of getting caught and prosecuted. It’s a dysfunctional system. So we – in my mind – the United States cannot have these cartels operating on our border, poisoning our country.’
Former AG Bill Barr, 72, said the Mexican government isn’t ‘serious enough’ about disbanding the cartels, who are ‘poisoning’ Americans with fentanyl. ‘I think [the Mexicans] have to be forced and pushed into action with us,’ he said. ‘We have to approach the cartels more like ISIS and less like the mafia’
Barr, who served as the US Attorney General under Donald Trump in 2019 and 2020, said the cartels are bringing in methamphetamines and other drugs with fentanyl and ‘poisoning’ Americans, who ‘don’t even know what’s in the drugs.’
In a June report by border patrol, cocaine seizures went up a shocking 62 percent and methamphetamine seizures also increased 14 percent. However, heroin and fentanyl seizures decreased 49 and 41 percent.
‘We can reduce supply, it’s most vulnerable at the point of origin. It’s almost all now originating in Mexico, or at least distributed from Mexico,’ he said.
Earlier this month, nine people died and 10 were hospitalized for fentanyl overdoses over July 4th in Gadsden County, Florida.
Mexico’s top drug lord El Chapo being escorted off a plane on Long Island in January 2017
Barr went onto say that ‘Colombia was a success for many years’ because the US and country worked in ‘sync’ to destroy the cartels, but said that Mexico was more worried about ‘hugs, not bullets’ and that’s causing an issue.
He said the Mexican government is ‘sharing national sovereignty with the cartels.’ Barr claimed the Mexican government is forcing the US to give all their intel over first and make it clear what they plan to do before going after the cartels.
‘Of course, you lose all your sources,’ he said.
Under the Trump administration, ISIS’ land dwindled and many were liberated, according to the Daily Wire. Military leaders reportedly claimed Trump’s aggressive approach was key.
White House Special Envoy, Brett McGurk, credited the change to its success. He said: ‘These delegations of tactical authorities from the president has really made a difference on the ground.’
The majority of those who crossed in June were single adults, with 140,000. There was also 51,780 in family units and 15,271 unaccompanied children, as well as, six on terrorists lists
Barr claims the Biden Administration has ‘abandoned the border.’
More than 207,000 migrants were also seen on the southern border in June. Six of them were on terrorist watch-list.
Recently, Biden and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador met to discuss the immigration crisis at the border.