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Rep. Anthony D’Esposito on the Crushing Impact of Mexican Cartels on American Communities

September 25, 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C. — This week, Rep. Anthony D’Esposito, (R-New York) wrote an op-ed for Townhall on the devastating impact of Mexican drug cartels on American communities. Read highlights of the op-ed below.

It takes 42 hours to drive from Tijuana, Mexico, to Long Island, New York, an area I proudly represent in the U.S. House of Representatives. Our distance should keep us safe from the violence and terror wrought by Mexican drug cartels and traffickers—it doesn’t.   

The Biden administration’s border crisis has reached all corners of the United States, with residents in and around New York witnessing the growing control of drug cartels and their street gang affiliates. Because of President Biden’s and the Department of Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas’ policies, every state is now a border state.

One of the violent street gangs that drug cartels employ is MS-13. Just last year, Nassau County residents were reminded of the dangers of MS-13 after the gang members who senselessly murdered 22-year old Carlos Rivas-Majano in Uniondale in 2017 were sentenced for their heinous crimes.

Read the op-ed here.