State of Emergency: Urge Trump to Declare Cartels International Terrorist Orgs and Deploy Troops

State of Emergency: Urge Trump to Declare Cartels International Terrorist Orgs and Deploy Troops
by Oath Keepers Founder Stewart Rhodes


Oath Keepers and patriots, it is essential that you contact President Trump NOW and urge him to take decisive action!
CNN is reporting that President Trump may be on the verge of declaring a national emergency on our southern border and using military assets to build the wall (using the Army Corps of Engineers).   According to CNN:
“The White House is preparing a draft proclamation for President Donald Trump to declare a national emergency along the southern border and has identified more than $7 billion in potential funds for his signature border wall should he go that route, according to internal documents reviewed by CNN.”
CNN further reports that the draft proclamation includes the following language:
“The massive amount of aliens who unlawfully enter the United States each day is a direct threat to the safety and security of our nation and constitutes a national emergency,”
….”Now, therefore, I, Donald J. Trump, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C 1601, et seq.), hereby declare that a national emergency exists at the southern border of the United States,”
That is what President Trump needs to do, but we need to urge him to go a step further.
Call the White House at:  202-456-1111
Email the White House here
Urge him to go all the way, declaring an emergency not just for a criminal and humanitarian crisis, but to also declare the following:
  1.  Declare the Mexican drug cartels to be international terrorist organizations and invading fourth-generation MILITARY enemies of the United States in the war on terror. The cartels also directly aid the infiltration of the United States by other international terrorist organizations/military enemies such as ISIS and Al-Qaeda.
  2. Deploy the full weight of the U.S. military to secure the entire 2,000 mile border with Mexico.   Even with a wall, securing the border will take military boots on the ground, using active duty infantry and National Guard to secure the border, just as President Wilson did in 1916, and also calling forth the Militia (we the people) under 10 U.S.C. secs. 252 and 253.
A.  President Trump should declare the Mexican drug cartels (and their Columbian cartel allies) to be international terrorist organizations and fourth-generation military enemies of the United States because that is exactly what they are.  
The current definition of “terrorism” in federal law is the use of force, or the threatened use of force, to change the behavior of a government or a population. That is what the cartels do, every day, both in Mexico (and in Central and South America) and also inside the United States. The cartels are infamous for taking over territory, including local governments and law enforcement, through their use of terror, with the infamous “offer” of “plato o promo” (“silver or lead”), which means local government officials, law enforcement officers, and residents can either take the cartels bribe and do as they command, or they will get a bullet. The cartels use the same methods that the Taliban, Al Qaeda, and ISIS have used to take over territory.
By using such terrorism, the cartels are the de-facto rulers of much of Mexico, especially Northern Mexico, and are rapidly becoming the de-facto rulers on American soil, taking over U.S. territory just like they do in Mexico, especially in the border towns and counties.   In fact, during the Obama Administration, the U.S. government posted signs on federal land in Southern Arizona warning Americans that it was not safe to venture onto that land because of cartel violence. One sign even advised Americans to instead only set foot on BLM land north of I-8 in Arizona- conceding the reality that the cartels controlled the land south of I-8 and effectively ceding control of that American soil to the cartels. Instead of rooting the cartels out, and securing the border, the Obama Admin simply warned Americans not go onto cartel land on American soil!
Further, because the cartels now control land on both sides of the border, the drug cartels now effectively control the border itself between the United States and Mexico, and are making a killing (sometimes literally) by demanding thousands of dollars from each and every illegal alien or “asylum seeking refugee” that wants to cross. Because the border is not secure, and is effectively in cartel hands, they can bring across anyone they want, or anything they want, including other international terrorists or weapons of mass destruction, as well as women and children forced into sex slavery by cartel brutality only rivaled by ISIS.

All of the above points to the fact that the cartels are paramilitary, unconventional warfare enemies of the United States who are invading and taking over American soil.  And they are doing so in a far more effective manner than Pancho Villa ever did with his cross-border raids that prompted President Wilson to deploy the U.S. Army and National Guard on the border and to send U.S. troops into Mexico, under the command of General “Black Jack” Pershing to hunt down Pancho Villa and his men.

Those same cartels also smuggle in known international terrorists and illegal aliens from terror sponsoring nations. (See video below starting at 2:06)

B.  President Trump will be in a vastly stronger legal position as Commander-in-Chief by declaring the cartels to be international terrorist organizations and non-state unconventional military enemies of the United States.  

Such a declaration will bring this crisis into the realm of military operations, not just enforcement of criminal statutes.  it would simply recognize the military reality that is properly and squarely within the constitutional powers and duties of the President, as Commander-in-Chief, to defend the nation and repel invasions by such foreign military enemies. Those powers and duties are enumerated within the Constitution itself, in Articles I and II.

Article 1, Section 8 grants Congress the power to raise armies and provide for a Navy, and to “make rules for the government and regulation of the land and naval forces” which Congress has, with such rules delegating to the President wide authority and discretion over use of the military. Article 1, Section 8 also grants Congress the power to “provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the union, suppress insurrections and repel invasions” which Congress has done, in numerous statutes that delegate to the President the authority to find that such conditions exist and to take decisive military action to respond to them.

Those statutes also authorize the President to use active duty military as well as militia for those ends.  Some of those statutory grants of authority to use the military are constitutionally suspect – such as using the standing Army to execute the law of the Union or to suppress insurrections, rather than using the militia as Article 1, Section 8 provides for. But when it comes to repelling an invasion, that is the primary purpose of an Army and Navy, and they can be used for that purpose right along with the militia, so in this context of the military invasion by the cartels, the President is well within his constitutional powers to use active duty troops.

Article II, further, makes the President the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the United States as well as of the militia when called forth into national service. In addition, since 911, Congress has on numerous occasions expressly delegated to the Executive branch the decision of making findings of what groups are international terrorist organizations (and therefor unconventional, non-state actor military enemies) in the ongoing international war on terrorism.

Declaring the cartels to be international terrorist organizations/non-state actor military enemies triggers all of the above constitutional powers and duties, as well as all of the enabling statutes that Congress has passed over our history since the signing of the Constitution. Those enabling statutes, especially those passed after the Civil War, during the Cold War, and post 9-11, delegate to the President the decision to use military force to answer such unconventional military threats, as well as to suppress insurrections and to execute the laws of the Union.

President Trump calling the border situation a humanitarian crisis or a national emergency because of the crime committed by illegal aliens is not enough. That does not trigger his full military authority and duty to defend the nation.

Without a declaration that the cartels are terrorists organizations and unconventional military enemies, President Trump will be in a far weaker legal position, and will be vulnerable to the courts ruling that he has improperly attempted to circumvent Congress’s legislative power over legislation that is about enforcement of laws, rather than a military situation. President Trump needs to properly call it what it is – a military invasion by military enemies.

C.   Simply building some of the wall using the Army Corps of Engineers is not enough to actually secure the border. Even if 7 billion dollars worth of wall is built by that method, there must be sufficient boots on the ground to patrol that barrier. There are simply not enough CBP personnel to do so. Recently, in Yuma Arizona, the media reported on hundreds of illegals jumping over or digging under the exiting steel fence, and noting that there were only three CBP agents available to patrol 27 miles of that fenced border. That is a massive failure. As any military veteran can tell you, any barrier is ineffective unless it is properly manned and patrolled by ground personnel. Therefore, even if the Army Corps of Engineers builds new, improved wall sections, those walls must be manned and patrolled.

And meanwhile, while the wall is being built, the border will still be as unsecured as it is right now. And it could take years for the U.S. government to purchase private land or take it by eminent domain to build the wall. The only way to truly secure the border, now and into the future, is to use the U.S. military en mass, as well as the National Guard called into national service, and, finally, by calling forth the the Militia (we the people) under 10 U.S.C. secs. 252 and 253.

That has ALWAYS been a reality. It was a reality back in 1916 when President Wilson deployed the U.S. Army and National Guard in force all along the border with Mexico, and it is a reality today. The blunt truth is that there has NEVER been enough Border Patrol agents to actually secure the border, and there still would not be enough of them even with a new high wall all along the 2,000 mile border. It takes both. It takes a proper barrier system (including walls/steel fencing), back up by sufficient man-power to patrol it, coupled with roads right behind the wall, and a layered system of additional fencing and sensors behind the primary barrier. The personnel would both patrol the actual border on the roads behind the barriers, and also be deployed in-depth to catch those who still manage to break through. Where a walls is for some reason not feasible, such as on some of the shifting sands or shifting river bed areas, such areas will be even more man-power intensive as there will need to be increased patrolling and rapid deploying response teams to interdict any illegal entry that is picked up by sensors and cameras.

Even with a wall, securing the border will take large numbers of personnel, at least three times as many as the current 21,000 CBP agents, and until that wall is built it will realistically take at least five times as many to adequately patrol the border.  It will take the U.S. military. And since they are already on the government payroll, it makes perfect sense.   Just as there were Army outposts and forts all along the border with Mexico back in 1916, the U.S. Army should once again have bases and outposts all along the border, and should use border operations and duty as part of it training and deployment cycle. Ditto for the U.S. Marine Corps, as well as. the National Guard units of each border state. If they can be used to man the DMZ in Korea to secure that border, they can be used here to secure our border. This is simply military common sense.

Given the above illustrated reality, please contact the President and urge him to make all of the following findings in his declaration of emergency.

Call the White House at:  202-456-1111

Email the White House here

And also contact President Trump’s Twitter account.

Feel free to use the below proposed findings, as well as the above write up, in your communications with President Trump, his staff, and your representatives.


President Trump’s declaration of emergency should find:

  1. That this is a national security emergency, a MILITARY invasion by international terrorists/unconventional warfare enemies, an insurrection against the laws of the union, as well as a humanitarian crisis;
  2. That the Mexican drug cartels are unconventional warfare (“fourth generation warfare”) military foes of our nation who are the de facto rulers of Mexico (especially in Northern Mexico), and who have invaded our nation and continue to invade our nation;
  3. That the brutal drug cartels, their violent street gang allies, and the violent illegal aliens they bring in, are murdering large numbers of Americans each year (Newman, CA police Cpl. Ronil Singh being the most recent victim) and taking over U.S. territory just as they have taken over Northern Mexico;
  4. That the Mexican drug cartels also directly smuggle in known terrorists and suspected terrorists, from all over the world.
  5. That those brutal drug cartels are essentially the Western Hemisphere version of ISIS, since they, just like ISIS – are brutal terrorists who move across borders to forcibly take over territory, using violence and the threat of violence to obtain their political goals of taking over the political infrastructure of towns, cities, and counties on the U.S. side of the border – as well as using bribery and corruption – all with the goal of controlling/suppressing/terrorizing the population and making local politicians and police their puppets.
  6. That the Mexican cartels then rape, torture, murder, enslave, and abuse women and children, while forcing them into sex slavery. That sexual slave trade abuse by the cartels in both Mexico and inside the U.S. is well documented and beyond question.  It is an epidemic. It is the modern version of the horrific slave trade this nation eradicated after the Civil War. The Mexican cartels are the modern slavers of the Western Hemisphere just as ISIS are the modern slavers of Africa and the Middle East.
  7. That this humanitarian crisis goes hand-in-hand with the terrorism, unconventional warfare, and invasion of our nation across our Southern border, just as such brutal treatment of women and children is part and parcel of what ISIS does in the Middle East.
  8. That, based on the above facts and findings, he is declaring the Mexican drug cartels to be international terrorist organizations in the ongoing war on terror.  
  9. in addition, thousands of Americans die each year because of the illegal drug trade that the Mexican drug cartels run and supply.
  10. Further, thousands more Americans die each year at the hands of illegal alien drunk drivers who are brought into this nation by the cartels.
He then needs to declare that, because of that military invasion by international terrorists, national security emergency, and humanitarian crisis, he is, pursuant to his powers and duties as President and as Commander-in-Chief:
  1. Ordering the U.S. military -both active duty and National Guard called into federal service –  to deploy, in force, to the southern border with Mexico (just as President Wilson did in 1916), to forcibly secure the entire length of that 2,000 mile border, now. We would also strongly encourage him to call forth the militia, made up of we the people (and especially us trained military veterans) to also serve on the border with Mexico, under 10 U.S.C. secs. 252 and 253.
  2. Ordering the U.S. military to build the necessary layered system of physical wall/steel fence; border patrol roads behind that wall/fence to make it easy to patrol and observe the barriers; and sensors and cameras to keep those barriers under constant observation (just as the U.S. military built and maintains the DMZ in Korea on the border between North and South Korea).  That barrier system would then be patrolled by both the military and by CBP, and backed up by military and Border Protection chase teams/QRFs, in ground vehicles, on foot or horseback, or deployed by helicopter, terrain depending.
And finally, President Trump needs to also declare:
  1. That the open borders fanatics on the political Left in this nation are open allies of the invading cartels, street gangs, and violent illegal aliens;
  2. That the sanctuary state law in California directly led the the death of Cpl. Ronil Singh, as Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson has publicly stated;
  3. That such “sanctuary state” and “sanctuary city” edicts are null and void from inception under the Supremacy Clause of Article VI of the Constitution;
  4. That such edicts are in fact acts of rebellion/insurrection against the laws of the Union;
  5. That those who enacted those edicts, or use them to aid, abet, and shelter illegal aliens, are committing acts of insurrection/rebellion against the constitutionally enacted laws of the Union as well as aiding and abetting the cartels in their systemic sexual slave trade and abuse of women and children that constitutes crimes against humanity, aiding and abetting their terrorism, and aiding and abetting their illicit drug trade;
  6. That those above described individuals are also committing federal felonies under long established federal law that criminalizes harboring, aiding, and abetting illegal aliens;
  7. That the Democratic Party leadership is likewise aiding and abetting the cartels, the violent illegal alien gangs, and the other violent illegal aliens in this nation, and aiding all the horrors they commit, by refusing to fund the necessary border wall/fencing to actually secure the border and by supporting, enacting, and/or encouraging “sanctuary city” and “sanctuary state” legislation/enactments that shelter, aid and abet criminal illegal aliens, including cartel terrorists and gang members.
  8. Finally, he needs to openly acknowledge the elephant in the room – that the political left in America is doing all of the above partly with the intent of illegitimately gaining a permanent lock on political power by illegally bringing in people the left hopes will predominantly vote for leftists candidates (even when illegally and fraudulently voting in elections).
The above simply reflects the reality on our Southern border, the political reality in this nation, and what must be done to stop it. We only have 21,000 Border Protection agents (capped by federal law) which is not anywhere near enough to actually secure our border, and we must have a physical barrier of wall/steel fencing, which must then be patrolled by enough boots on the ground to actually interdict and apprehend illegals when they do make it through the barriers. The President must declare an emergency and use the military to finally, completely, secure our border with Mexico. He must deploy the troops, just like President Wilson did back in 1916 after Poncho Villa and his men raided across the border.   The cartels and their allies are even worse than Poncho Villa since they don’t leave after murdering American citizens. Instead, they stay in the U.S. and work to take over, inside the U.S., just as they have taken over inside Mexico by means of terror and bribes, with their infamous “offer” of “Plato o Plomo” – “silver or lead.”

President Trump stands at a cross-roads in this nation’s history, when the survival of this nation is hanging in the balance. A nation without borders is not a nation, but is instead in a death spiral. We need only look to Northern Mexico to see where that spiral ends.

It is time to put a stop to it. And that requires military action.

Make sure President Trump hears you!

Stewart Rhodes

Founder of Oath Keepers

PS – President Trump could also include the gangs that serve the cartels, such as MS-13, in his findings, as well as any other international cartels or gangs that are allies of the Mexican drug cartels. All of them are unconventional warfare enemies and terrorists.

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