Ranking officials within the Drug Enforcement Agency have sent a memo to their agents instructing them to stop using the phrase “Mexican cartel” when addressing members of the media.
The email memo, seen by The Daily Caller, was sent in mid-July, laid out further instructions as well.
“Also, we need to now avoid saying ‘Mexican cartel’ or discussing the Mexican government or LE [law enforcement] cooperation with Mexico. Please continue using ‘drug cartel,’ TCO, DTO, etc.”
A division of the Justice Department, the DEA is responsible for enforcing the nation’s drug laws. DEA agents often work with law enforcement officers in drug-producing countries like Mexico and Colombia to address the source of the supply before it reaches the United States.
The memo comes as drugs continue surging across the U.S.-Mexico border along with hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens, with more than 212,000 encountered in July alone by Border Patrol and Customs and Border Protection.
According to CBP statistics, between October and June, border authorities have intercepted 358,302 pounds of drugs, including 8,093 pounds of fentanyl, which is extremely lethal. Methamphetamine seizures are well on pace to exceed all of 2020.
Last month, Border Patrol officials said the agency’s seizures of fentanyl have increased more than 4,000 percent, noting that the cartels are taking advantage of the fact that far more border agents are being occupied with migrants and are not available to interdict smugglers.
“For the first time, we’re starting to see these tactics where fentanyl is being smuggled between ports of entry,” said Chief Border Patrol Agent Gloria Chavez. “Cartels are very creative. They find ways to intimidate migrants and find ways to illegally have them transport that narcotic into the United States.”
Much of the fentanyl being manufactured in Mexico contains ingredients sent by China, experts have said.
Former acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Tom Homan said last week that what is taking place along the border is “by design” as he ripped members of Congress for constantly complaining about the mass drug and human smuggling but doing little else.
In praising some Republicans who are moving to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Homan said that’s “better late than never.”
“The border issue has turned into a humanitarian crisis, it has turned into a national security crisis. It has turned into a public health crisis because all the Covid cases coming across… This needs to be front and center and nothing else should happen on the Hill until they hold the administration accountable for creating this crisis,” he told Fox News.
That said, Homan understands that with Democrats in control of Congress, impeaching Mayorkas isn’t likely to happen. Furthermore, he believes that Mayorkas is simply carrying out the Biden administration’s policies.
“This is by design,” he said. “It’s going to get worse. Again, let me be clear: this administration has not done one thing, not a single thing, to slow the flow. They haven’t added a consequence or deterrence for these people coming across the border.
Mayorkas was caught on audio last week admitting that the border situation is “unsustainable.”
“A couple of days ago I was down in Mexico, and I said look, you know, if, if our borders are the first line of defense, we’re going to lose and this is unsustainable,” Mayorkas told a group of Border Patrol agents in audio that was obtained by Fox News.
“We can’t continue like this, our people in the field can’t continue and our system isn’t built for it,” the DHS chief added.
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