By Joe Guzzardi
Only a handful of insiders realize the true scale of the border crisis and its consequences.
Those in the know include defaded Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers, castrated Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, journalists whose truthful reporting rarely makes national headlines, the Secretary of the Department Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas and his White House superiors. Otherwise, the dangers posed by the opening of the borders are kept strictly secret to avoid bad optics. The world, however, knows that access to the interior of the United States is simply a matter of getting to the border, crossing over and beginning the journey – often aided and abetted by the White House – to the final destination for those who enter illegally. In the eyes of President Biden, the world is welcome.
In mid-August, for example, CBP caught ten adult illegal immigrants posing as the ubiquitous Unaccompanied Alien Child (UAC). The false miners, apprehended in the El Paso area of Texas, were between 18 and 26 years old; by law, UACs must not have reached the age of 18. All were Guatemalans who pretended to be minors to avoid deportation.
A few days later, in the Del Rio Valley area, officers pulled over an 18-wheeler crammed with 150 smuggled strangers, including 17 gang members, a sex offender and a convicted murderer. Members of MS-13 were among the identified gangsters. This fiscal year, approximately 130,000 UACs, some of whom are self-defining, have registered. The CBP press release on the DRV stock concluded, vaguely: “All matters have been dealt with accordingly.”
The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, Latin American branch, estimates that 60% of Latin American children who undertake a trip to the United States, alone or with smugglers, are captured by cartels and then coerced into pornography or to drug trafficking. In addition to enduring a moral nightmare, migrants who manage to make it inside the United States will have unpaid debts to coyotes and cartels that will take them a lifetime to repay. To ensure the contraband accounts are settled, the aliens are forced to wear GPS wristbands so the cartel can monitor their movements. Cartels are the most powerful criminal organizations in the world and have created the greatest form of modern slavery. The New York Times estimated that cartel revenue reached $13 billion this year, up from $500 million in 2018, a 26-fold increase in less than five years.
Over the years, illegal immigration has reached such extraordinarily high levels that it has spawned more illegal immigration. Decades of porous borders, inadequate domestic enforcement, and the current welcoming environment have facilitated today’s historic and continuing wave.
In 2018, during interviews in the tiny 17,000-strong Concepción Chiquirichapa in Guatemala, reporters learned that almost everyone has family or knows someone with family in the United States. and New York, and with few transportation options in their remote villages, left for the United States, confident that they would enter and stay indefinitely.
But neither the parents present illegally nor their children who join them, trafficked or not, deserve a free pass from the Biden administration. In previous waves of UAC, 60% of children were handed over to parents residing illegally. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in the Southern District of Texas described several cases in which parents “initiated the conspiracy to smuggle minors into the country,” a reference to contracts with traffickers.
Then Hanen continued, instead of enforcing immigration laws, “DHS ended the criminal conspiracy…by returning the minors to the custody of the parent living illegally in the United States.” Message from Hanen: Non-enforcement encourages parents to pay coyotes to bring their underage children north. UACs will continue to flock to the border as long as their illegal alien American families can criminally bring their children to the United States without worrying about their own deportation. Judge Hanen’s criminal conspiracy allegation is tough, but precise. And with the entire United States as a sanctuary nation, the failures and fallout of non-enforcement are painfully evident.
Joe Guzzardi is a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist who writes about immigration and related social issues. Joe joined Progressives for Immigration Reform in 2018 as an analyst after a decade-long career directing media relations for Californians for Population Stabilization, where he was also a Senior Writing Fellow. Originally from California, Joe now lives in Pennsylvania. Contact him at [email protected]