How Mexican cartels use immigrants as a lure for transnational crime



[Premiering 06/19 12pm ET] Border Lines (Part 2): How Mexican Cartels Use Immigrants as a Lure for Transnational Crime

Some say there’s a crisis in the south border of United States, some say illegal immigration is out of control, and others fear drug trafficking or human trafficking. Some say there is no problem.

So what is happening at the border? We decided to go and see it for ourselves.

We went to Hidalgo, Texas where you can see the US border, as well as part of the border wall. From this side of the fence, residents come to this place to enjoy the scenery and appreciate nature.

Why are so many people willing to risk everything to cross the border to the United States? The freedom and security we have here, which we often take for granted, is one reason. The desire for a higher standard of living is another.

This episode airs on this page at 12 p.m. AND Saturday June 19.

Hosted by award-winning filmmaker and documentary writer Kay Rubacek, Life & Times travels the country to bring you the hopeful stories behind today’s biggest news.

In a still image from a video posted by NTD, Congresswoman Mayra Flores speaks to Life & Times about the need for migration reform. (Oliver Trey / NTD)
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In a still image from a video posted by NTD, illegal immigrants rest after crossing the United States and wait to be guided to a treatment station in Roma, Texas. (Oliver Trey / NTD)
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In a still image from a video posted by NTD, Jaeson Jones CEO Omni Intelligence explains how Mexican cartels are using immigrants as a lure for transnational crime (Oliver Trey / NTD)
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In a still image from a video posted by NTD, illegal immigrants jump from a moving vehicle to escape border patrol. (Courtesy of Jaeson Jones @Tripwirestriggers)
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Jaeson Jones CEO Omni Intelligence sits on a rock in Roma, Texas, across from a Mexican border town (Sunny Yang / NTD)
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In a still image from a video posted by NTD, Pastor Luis Silva speaks to Life & Times in Roma, Texas. (Oliver Trey / NTD)
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Congresswoman Monica De La Cruz-Hernandez sits down to speak with Life and Times (Sunny Yang / NTD)



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