New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez has made a shocking revelation on NBC’s “Meet The Press” that President Joe Biden and his administration won’t appreciate. Menendez, who has been at odds with Biden before, claimed that the Southern border is controlled by Mexican drug cartels.
During the interview, NBC anchor Chuck Todd asked Menendez what the four Americans’ kidnapping had exposed. The senator replied that the Mexican government has chosen a different approach in dealing with the cartels and seems to be unwilling to work with the United States. He added that it is the cartels that run the border communities, not the government of Mexico.
According to Menendez, Mexico has a responsibility to establish safety and security within its own territory, not just for its citizens but also for those who visit its country.
He emphasized that the United States needs to significantly increase its engagement with Mexico, and that it cannot be just about economics but also about safety and security.
The senator believes that the United States is heading in the wrong direction on security issues and democracy questions. Menendez also said that the Mexican government must do more in terms of its security and that the United States can help by sharing intelligence and other information.
Despite four Americans being kidnapped and two murdered by a Mexican drug cartel, the senator claimed that he does not know if he would name them as terrorist organizations. “We should save that for truly terrorist organizations in the world,” he said.
Menendez also criticized President Biden, saying that he would be an “Asylum Denier-in-Chief” if he brings back family detention at the border. The Biden administration is reportedly considering restarting family detention for migrants.
Chris Magnus resigned as the commissioner of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner a few months ago. Reports suggest that Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and others forced him out and attempted to blame him for many of the failures at the southern border. The White House announced that President Biden has accepted Magnus’s resignation.
Magnus has joined an organization focused on police reform. He recently spoke about the ongoing immigration crisis and criticized the Biden administration’s proposed plan, which is similar to one enacted by the Trump administration.
The plan argued that people who cross the border without permission should not be able to easily apply for asylum in the United States.