Abe Hamadeh: 'I've committed to classifying the cartels as terrorist organizations'

Republican candidate for Arizona attorney general says that if he's elected, cartels will be classified as terrorist organizations

Updated: August 30, 2022 - 7:22pm

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Republican candidate for Arizona attorney general, Abe Hamadeh, joined Just the News, Not Noise, with John Solomon and Amanda Head to discuss cartels at the southern border and how there needs to be a tougher penalty for crossing the border illegally.

"My concern is the cartels," Hamadeh said, referring to his main priority if elected in November. "The cartels are sophisticated operations and that's why on day one, I've committed to classifying the cartels as terrorist organizations, so we can have enhanced sentencing when we start processing them."

According to Hamadeh, the drug cartels have been bringing over fentanyl in large amounts, making the crisis worse.

"With all the illegal immigrants who are coming, there's fentanyl pills," Hamadeh emphasized. "I mean just the other week, we had fentanyl pills that looked like candy that was coming across the border. So this is no longer a crisis; this is a disaster. And it's completely created by the federal government's neglect."

Last week, Arizona GOP governor Doug Ducey made an announcement which stated that 3,820 feet of previously open border near Yuma, Arizona was closed with a barrier of double-stacked and secured shipping containers.

“Five wide open gaps in the border wall near Yuma neighborhoods and businesses are now closed off," Ducey's statement read. "In just 11 days, Arizona did the job the federal government has failed to do — and we showed them just how quickly and efficiently the border can be made more secure – if you want to.”

Hamadeh emphasized the importance of the states taking care of the border situation since the Biden administration has failed to do so. 

"We're going to take matters into our own hands, just like Governor Doug Ducey did the other week, but we're gonna have to enhance it," Hamadeh concluded. And we also have to be on guard because now I'm hearing the federal government is still trying to end the title 42 policy. State agencies are leading the offense against DC right now."

Title 42 was invoked as a public emergency health order during the Trump administration to send illegal immigrants back to Mexico at the start of the pandemic.