On the heels of Senator Jeff Sessions’ confirmation as Attorney General, Donald Trump has signed an executive order calling for the enforcement of Federal law with respect to transnational criminal organizations and preventing international trafficking.
The order specifically mentions a number of criminal enterprises that international drug cartel, trafficking and terror groups engage in including:
- Illegal smuggling and trafficking of humans, drugs or other substances, wildlife, and weapons
- Corruption, cybercrime, fraud, financial crimes, and intellectual-property theft
- The illegal concealment or transfer of proceeds derived from such illicit activities
Trump specifically directed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and the Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly to coordinate their efforts in combatting criminal enterprises. The executive order will provide American officials with a clear mandate to begin combatting crime.
Many media sources have focused on the immigration and drug trafficking elements of the executive order. While the role that narco terror cartels in Central and South America play in the United States is well known, less attention is given to U.S. government involvement with human trafficking groups operating in the Western Hemisphere in addition to recent revelations that drug cartels responsible for moving narcotics and weapons across the U.S. border appear to have begun collaborating with Islamic jihadist groups such as ISIS.