Although Biden is still supportive of other diplomatic solutions, Graham remains confident that his strategy is necessary and achievable.
Red State reports, immediately following the kidnapping of four Americans in Matamoros, Mexico, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) announced he would introduce legislation to authorize the use of U.S. military force against Mexican drug cartels.
Graham highlighted Joe Biden’s support for “Plan Colombia” in 2000 – a similar plan aimed at preventing Colombia from becoming a narco-state. Furthermore, Biden called fentanyl a “weapon of mass destruction,” raising the question of how he could support the previous endeavor and oppose Graham’s “Plan Mexico.”
Further, Graham expressed a desire to work with the Mexican government to resolve the matter, but noted that Mexico is currently a narco-terrorist state. He commented again on the four South Carolinians kidnapped over the weekend in Mexico, saying that two of them would not be returning alive.
This news comes as The US Border Patrol has to now face a crisis on another US border.
Fox News reports, a surge of migrants – many from Mexico – are crossing into the United States from the north, prompting extra border patrol agents to be assigned to the U.S.-Canada border.
US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has assigned 25 extra agents to a busy part of its northern border. A source familiar with the move told NBC that some of those agents had previously been assigned to the southern border.
Agents have been assigned to the Swanton Sector of the U.S.-Canada border, which includes Vermont and parts of New York and New Hampshire. There are 203 miles of land borders and 92 miles of water borders in the sector.
CBP encounters at the northern land border have increased in the past two years, according to department data. Over the past year, encounters have increased nearly 100 percent.
There has been an even greater surge in the Swanton Sector. The number of encounters in this fiscal year has already exceeded the number in the previous fiscal year. A total of 367 encounters were reported this January, compared to just 24 in January 2022.
The surge has attracted the attention of federal authorities. A growing number of migrants are flying from Mexico to Canada and then trying to enter the U.S. from the north; under Title 42, authorities are less likely to turn them away from the north.
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has expressed grave concern over increasing threats posed by para-military forces and violent gangs in Mexico and their role as a failed narco-state. In response to the news of the kidnapping of four Americans in Matamoros, Mexico, Senator Graham announced that he will be introducing legislation to authorize the use of U.S. military force against Mexican drug cartels. This is despite Joe Biden’s previous support for “Plan Colombia” which aimed to prevent Colombia from becoming a narco-state – yet now Biden is citing fentanyl as a “weapon of mass destruction.” It is baffling how such an inconsistency could exist in policy considering the increasing severity of the issues faced at our border. This not only highlights a double standard between current administrations who have made opposing decisions but also serves as a warning for citizens of increasing violence coming from our southern neighbor.