Art del Cueto, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council, said Friday that the security policy of Mexican President Andres Manuel López Obrador, “hugs, not bullets” is not a fix for “cold-blooded” drug cartels killers.
On Monday, Nov. 4,. nine Americans, including six children, were shot dead by cartel members in an ambush in the northern state of Sonora.
Obrador has repeated his argument that violence is not a solution or an acceptable response to the that deaths caused by cartels.
“It was lamentable, painful because children died, but do we want to resolve the problem the same way (as previous administrations)? By declaring war?” he questioned. “That, in the case of our country, showed that it does not work. That was a failure. It caused more violence.”
Obrador used the phrase “hugs not bullets”—or “abrazos, no balazos” in Spanish—in his promise to clear out violent drug cartels, not by waging war, but instead changing communities by tackling what he said is at the root of the problem: extreme poverty.
“HUGS, NOT BULLETS”: Mexico’s President faces pushback for his approach to the country’s drug cartel crisis after 9 Americans are brutally murdered. National Border Patrol Council VP Art Del Cueto says that approach won’t work on people who have no souls.https://t.co/zPm6pqW3v9
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Del Cueto told “Fox & Friends: First” hosts, “I can tell you right now that hugs are not the solution. You’re dealing with individuals that have no soul. Just look at the horrific acts that they have committed. This is just one of them.”
“It blows my mind that we still have American politicians that are asking for open borders and wanting these individuals to just come into the United States, you know, and are we going to hug them next? It’s just ridiculous,” he added.
Del Cueto said that the gunmen who staged the attack earlier this week are not our “friends.”
“These are cold-blooded animals. Just look at the pictures!” he noted “You want to open the doors to criminals entering this country?”
On Tuesday, President Trump suggested Mexico with U.S. assistance should “wage war” on the murderous drug cartel “monsters” in response to the brutal killing of multiple Americans a day earlier.
“This is the time for Mexico, with the help of the United States, to wage WAR on the drug cartels and wipe them off the face of the earth,” he wrote on Twitter.
“If Mexico needs or requests help in cleaning out these monsters, the United States stands ready, willing, & able to get involved and do the job quickly and effectively,” Trump added. “The great new President of Mexico has made this a big issue, but the cartels have become so large and powerful that you sometimes need an army to defeat an army!”