TRUMP EFFECT: Cartel Apologizes After Kidnapping Americans

As Americans continue to demand immigration reform from the Biden administration, the violence and anarchy of Mexico continues to add fuel to the humanitarian crisis that exists in and around the border.

This week a stark example of the issue arrived when several Americans were kidnapped at gunpoint by the Gulf Cartel after crossing the border into Mexico for elective surgery, with numerous individuals being killed in the incident.

In a rare moment of civility, the Gulf Cartel has apologized to the United States.

A secretive faction of Mexico’s notorious Gulf Cartel apologized and turned in five members who they say are responsible for the broad-daylight kidnapping that killed two Americans last week.

The cartel’s Scorpions group said it “decided to turn over those who were directly involved and responsible in the events” related to the March 3 abduction of four Americans in the border city of Matamoros, according to a letter leaked to the Associated Press by a Tamaulipas state law enforcement source.

The letter also claimed the five members “acted under their own decision-making and lack of discipline” when they attacked victims Latavia “Tay” McGee, Shaeed Woodard, Zindell Brown, and Eric James Williams.

The unusual apology comes just weeks after presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump promised to used the full strength of the US military to go after the cartels by labeling them as “terrorist” organizations.  It would not be surprising for the Gulf Cartel to recognize the risk of being targeted by Trump should he win the 2024 race for the White house, and thus choose deescalation over disturbance.