Dec 2, 2019

Mormon family massacre: Mexican authorities detain suspects

The burnt van where five of the nine LeBaron family members were killed, in the Sonora mountain range, Mexico, on Nov. 6. Photo: Herika Martinez/AFP via Getty Images

The Mexican government said in a statement Sunday that authorities detained several people suspected of a cartel shooting massacre of nine members of a Mormon family who held U.S. and Mexican citizenship.

The big picture: Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is under pressure to curb violence in the country. President Trump has vowed to designate Mexico's drug cartels as terrorist organizations.

  • Attorney General Bill Barr is due to meet with officials in Mexico City "to discuss Trump's plan" this week, per the Washington Post.
  • Three people were arrested in Bavispe in Sonora over the killing near the border of the six children and three mothers from the LeBaron family.

Go deeper: Gruesome attacks challenge López Obrador's softer approach to Mexico's cartels

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Trump vows to designate Mexican drug cartels as terror organizations

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President Trump told Bill O'Reilly in an interview broadcast Tuesday that he plans to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations after they killed Americans in Mexico.

Why it matters: Trump's remarks to O'Reilly that he would act because "we are losing 100,000 people a year to what is happening and what is coming through on Mexico" mark a shift in U.S. policy that's sent Mexican officials scrambling.

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Trump halts plan to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorists

President Trump on Dec. 06 in Washington, D.C. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

President Trump tweeted on Friday that the U.S. will "temporarily hold off" on designating Mexican cartels as terrorist organizations.

The big picture: Trump's vow to re-label Mexican drug cartels in November prompted Mexico's president to characterize the proposal as "interventionism." The Mexican foreign secretary said last month he got in contact with the U.S. government over the proposal. Trump added on Friday that he was halting the decision at President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's request.

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At least 19 dead in Mexico after police shootout with suspected cartel members

A Mexican Federal Police officer guards an international bridge between Mexico and Texas, Feb. 10. Photo: JCA/AFP via Getty Images

At least 19 people are dead after an hour-long gunfight between Mexican security forces and suspected cartel gunmen broke out on Saturday in Villa Union, a town in Coahuila state about an hour’s drive southwest of Eagle Pass, Texas, the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: The attack comes days after President Trump said in an interview that he plans to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations.

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