Does the designation of Mexican cartels as FTOs limit Mexico’s options?
Of course designating Mexican cartels as FTOs would limit Mexico’s options. This is especially noteworthy because Mexico’s new president admitted at some point in time that he was even considering negotiations or amnesties to reduce cartel violence. And his administration’s lack of strategy is just evident.
FTO designation would complicate any Mexican government deals for criminal groups, and U.S. agencies or NGOs that might want to help a potential Mexican peace process would be constrained as well.