MEXICO IS A NARCO STATE. No way to credibly deny this anymore.
Reports indicate that 80% of the country's 266 districts are either fully (60%) controlled by cartels or disputed (20%). (Disputed? Sure.) Many key politicians, soldiers and policemen at every level of government are on the take. Many act as spies and foot soldiers for the wealthy and powerful cartels. Any wonder narco-dominated Mexico has been so lame in its enforcement of border security with the USA? And to make matters worse, US border patrol and nat'l guardsmen are, incredibly, prohibited from engaging cartel thugs and armed smugglers. Hell, we don't even fight back when our people are detained and disarmed by armed cartel soldiers--on OUR side of the border! This has clearly become more than an immigration issue. Much more. It's a situation every bit as toxic as an insurgency, terrorism, and invasion. (Earlier this year, a couple congressmen wrote to the President demanding that the cartels be designated terrorist organizations as defined in 18 USC 2331. No reaction so far.)
In this regard, Mexico is little better than other narco states in Latin America--AND Afghanistan as well where 50% (not 60%) of the country is controlled by Taliban terrorists. Note: we correctly dub the Taliban as terrorists. Why not the Mexican cartels who routinely violate our border, harass our border security guys, dump tons of drugs in our country, traffic kids and adults as human chattel, and, with impunity, inflict terrible suffering on those Mexicans who refuse to bow.
Time to take the kid gloves off. Mexico is hopelessly incapable of stemming the migrant tide or of controlling cartel lawlessness and incursions into the US. Our rules of engagement must be reviewed with an eye to conforming to border realities. We should understand that our southern border areas are under siege by cartel terrorists and that thousands of Americans are dying as a result. Appropriately aggressive US action is needed--not just swashbuckling threats of tariffs and our absurd insistence that Mexico do a job they are totally unable to perform. In short, it will take more than mere walls to stop the stampede of illegals, criminal incursions, and illegal smuggling. I refer the President to Art IV Sec 4 of the Constitution.