Drug cartels earn billions of dollars each year by smuggling drugs through the border separating the U.S. and Mexico. They also make a ton of money smuggling people through the border.
Hundreds of thousands of men, women, and families from all over the world enter the U.S. illegally via the southern border each year.
In order to cross the border “safely” — meaning they are not killed, raped or beaten by drug cartels before they get here — a good portion of these border crossers will pay a “smuggling fee” to the cartels.
Over the past eight years, the smuggling of human beings through Mexico hasn’t been all too difficult. Let’s take Texas, for example. Prior to the Obama administration, illegal aliens had to outrun the Border Patrol. Not only did they have to cross the Rio Grande, undetected, but they had to survive the long journey through the Texas desert until reaching cities like Houston.
The cartels charged an illegal alien as much as $15,000 to get them from the Rio Grande to Houston. And to make matters worse, when they arrived in Houston, the cartels would then hold the illegal alien for ransom in a stash house until a family member back home sent more money.
Instead of enforcing existing immigration laws and securing the border to stop human smuggling, Obama created the “catch and release” program to make illegal entry into the U.S. a safer and cheaper experience.
Obama made it so the illegal alien bypassed the misery and expense of eluding the Border Patrol. No longer did they need to survive the deserts of South Texas — no longer did the cartels cash in on their vulnerabilities. With catch and release, the illegal aliens simply crossed the border and handed themselves over to the Border Patrol. Within a few days, they were free to roam the country without fear of deportation. In many cases, you paid for their bus tickets to Somewhere, USA.
Not only did this cost you money, as a taxpayer, but Obama’s catch and release program cost the drug cartels hundreds of millions of dollars in smuggling fees and ransoms.
Now that President Trump is in office, the catch and release program is dead. That’s the good news. The bad news is, he has done very little to remove the incentive to enter illegally. Aside from vowing to crack down on sanctuary cities, as of now, there is no mandatory e-verify program, there are no sanctions or fines placed on employers who hire illegals, and the ability to suck from the welfare system remains as is. Thus, they continue to flow in through the border.
In speaking with my Border Patrol contacts this week, I was told the amount of people caught at the border is down some, but they fear the decline reflects the cartels being back in the smuggling business. In other words, it’s back to the pre-Obama days when illegals had to elude the Border Patrol. Sadly, my guys at the border do not believe illegal immigration is on the decline, nor will it be until the incentive to come here is removed.
So, with the catch and release program gone, and the incentive to come here for a job remaining in full swing, the human smuggling business is set for a huge comeback. Remember that you heard it here first.
I know it’s early yet, but I really hope the president takes measures to cut off the jobs magnet sooner than later.
Here is a video from me in Texas explaining how the smuggling process works:
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