EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) – Two U.S. Senators introduced a bill that would impose sanctions on foreign criminal organizations like drug cartels.
The Significant Transnational Criminal Organization Designation Act was written by U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and introduced into the Senate on Wednesday. It has been co-sponsored by Sens. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), David Perdue (R-Ga.), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), and Ben Sasse (R-Neb.).
“Though the camera crews have left, Texans and all Americans regularly face the consequences of an unsecured southern border,” Sen. Cruz said in the news release. “Violent gang members and drug cartels terrorize communities both abroad and along the Texas-Mexico border. This bill gives the president expanded options to label and take action against those cartels. This is an important step in safeguarding the American people.”
The bill would allow the federal government to bar organization members and their family members from getting assistance or resources, freeze their assets and seek civil and criminal penalties.
“Criminal organizations and drug cartels like the one responsible for last month’s attack in Mexico ought to be treated just like terrorist groups in the eyes of the U.S. government. This bill would help stop cartel violence by ensuring these groups—and anyone who helps them—face dire consequences for their actions,” Sen. Cotton said in a release.
The bill also calls for President Donald Trump to send a report to Congress detailing what investigators found out about the Nov. 4 cartel attack that left several U.S. women and children dead in northern Mexico.