The family of nine Americans who were massacred in a brutal Mexican cartel shootout has stated that the Mexican trafficking gangs are “as bad or worse than ISIS.” 

The victims were innocent women and children who were killed in a crossfire between rival gangs the Sinaloa Cartel and the Juarez Cartel on Monday. Cartel members opened fire on the group leaving nine dead, and eight children stranded, five of whom were wounded in the crossfire. 

“I really believe that the cartels in Mexico have moved to another level of barbarity, they are as bad or worse than ISIS. ISIS have an ideology. These sicarios (hitmen), why are they doing it? Out of greed and pure evil,” said Rosa LeBaron who lost family members in the attack.

According True North fellow Leo Knight, a former cop and security expert, the comparison between the two groups is valid. 

“In fact, there is intel that says some elements of Islamic groups are actively working with the cartels to wage war on the U.S,” said Knight. 

Earlier this year ISIS fighter Abu Henricki told authorities how the Islamist group had recruited him to enter the U.S. through Mexico where he would eventually commit a terror attack. Cartels are known to be a major player in human smuggling operations across the border, which have become more lucrative than running drugs. 

Edmonton van attacker and ISIS supporter Abdulahi Hasan Sharif entered the U.S. illegally through Mexico. Despite being ordered for deportation in the U.S., Sharif eventually illegally crossed the border into Canada where he committed his attack against pedestrians and a police officer.

Canadian border officials believe that approximately 400 drug traffickers, hitmen and dangerous criminals have made it out of Mexico and into Canada by using fake passports.

Trudeau’s decision to lift the visa requirements for Mexican nationals travelling into Canada has led to an 80% increase in drug seizures at the U.S. border. Rejections based on inadmissibility has grown by 500% since Trudeau lifted the visa, according to the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA).

Mexican citizens can easily enter Canada with an Electronic Travel Authorization which takes only a few minutes to complete and costs approximately seven dollars. Prior to Trudeau’s decision, CBSA officials warned the federal government that removing visa requirements could make it easier for those involved in organized crime, and drug and human trafficking to enter into Canada undetected. 

“That the Canadian government eliminated the need for visas for Mexican nationals to enter Canada is wilfully blind to the threat posed by cartels,” said Knight. 

“It was foolish in the extreme to remove the only ability Canada had to vet persons wanting to come to Canada,”

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