President Trump has said that the U.S. is in the process of declaring Mexican drug cartels as terrorists groups. This comes nearly a month after three women and six children, all Americans, were killed by cartels in Mexico in an ambush.
The formal designation would allow a broader scope of ability in combating the transnational crime groups. When a group is formally identified with terrorism it becomes illegal for U.S. citizens to support them in any way and allows the government to pursue them more aggressively. The designation would also require business who have donated to the groups to cease contributions and report the case to the Department of Treasury.
Trump said that he's ready to go into Mexico and "clear out" the cartels, a move that Mexico's defense minister has rejected as it would violate his country's sovereignty.