- Human Smugglers Made Up To $2.3 Billion In Year From Smuggling Illegals Into US, Study Finds
In a 23 April 2019 Daily Caller article, the scope of human smuggling across the Mexican-US border comes into focus.
Illegally smuggling Central American migrants into the United States is an industry that may be worth billions of dollars, according to a study released Monday.
Human smugglers transporting migrants into the U.S. from Central America’s Northern Triangle — Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador — brought in an estimated $200 million to $2.3 billion in revenue in 2017, according to the study.
The study, conducted by the RAND Corporation on behalf of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), also found that criminal cartels don’t directly oversee much of the smuggling, though they do profit by charging smugglers a tax for traveling through areas under their control.
“We learned that human smuggling involves many different types of actors and that we could not credibly distinguish most criminal organizations’ activities and revenues from those of other actors, including ad hoc groups and independent operators, that engage in human smuggling,” RAND economist Victoria Greenfield, the study’s lead author, said in a release.
“Actors that engage in human smuggling range from independent operators, to ad hoc groups, to loose networks, to more-formally structured networks, such as [transnational criminal organizations],” Greenfield added.
The study’s authors found that the lack of formal structure in human smuggling networks may make it harder to thwart them.
(Read more at the Daily Caller)
Surely people will have compassion for the women, girls, and boys caught up in sexual trafficking. If for no other reason, the border should be shut down to save these people from the tortuous world of sex trafficking.
- LA Is Lavishing Benefits On Illegal Immigrants, While Its Homeless Die In Record Numbers
The Daily Caller shows in a 24 April 2019 article how illegals get benefits, but the homeless (including veterans) die in record numbers.
Cher caused a bit of a stir with a recent tweet, but a study out of Kaiser Health shows she may be on to something.
While the illegal immigrant population of Los Angeles is poised to scoop up $260 million a year from the government in health benefits, members of the city’s homeless population are dying in record numbers.
Kambree Kawahine Koa (@KamVTV) April 24, 2019
Deaths in the homeless population jumped 76 percent in the past five years, according to a new analysis of coroner’s data by Kaiser Health News. The surge in deaths is outpacing the growth of the homeless population — more than 900 died last year.
The data backs up Cher’s recent tweet (which she got considerable flak for) contrasting the plight of LA’s homeless population with the position of hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants living in the city who enjoy legal sanctuary, benefits such as in-state tuition and access to driver’s licenses, and state-funded healthcare for their children.
Los Angeles is home to 925,000 illegal immigrants, close to half of the illegal population in California and nearly a tenth of the total illegal population of the U.S., according to the latest estimates from the Pew Research Center. In addition to already generous benefits, they stand to benefit from Democratic efforts to give all illegal immigrants living in the state access to government-funded healthcare, a plan that is expected to cost California at least $260 million a year.
The struggling homeless population, by contrast, is just more than 50,000. Most of their deaths are attributed to accidents often linked to the perils of living on the streets, including drug overdoses and traffic collisions. About a third who died in the past four years died in the hospital, but the rest died outside on the streets.
(Read more at the Daily Caller)
It is almost comical to see this conversation see-saw between compassion for the poor and being repulsed by conservatives that congratulate the liberals.
Facts: 550,000 Americans are currently homeless 38,000 are U.S. veterans 130,000 are homeless in California incl… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…—
Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) April 24, 2019
- Cartel Blockades Bring Mexican Border City near Texas to Standstill
With a Mexican city blockaded by a drug cartel, Breitbart tells us in a 19 April 2019 article how Mexican journalists risk their lives to expose the work of this Mexican cartel.
A series of blockades in the Mexican border city of Nuevo Laredo brought traffic to a complete halt. Mexican authorities deployed a large number of police and military forces in case gun battles erupted while they confronted the causes of congestion.
The blockades took place on Wednesday afternoon shortly after 5 p.m. when members of the Cartel Del Noreste (CDN) faction of Los Zetas began hijacking trucks and buses to park them sideways across busy avenues. The cartel gunmen also deployed hundreds of makeshift road spikes.
Nuevo Laredo is one of the busiest commercial land ports of entry between Mexico and Texas and is also one of the main corridors used by the CDN to move drugs and migrants.
Tamaulipas officials confirmed the existence of several blockades throughout the city but added there were no clashes between law enforcement and suspects. Various social media accounts and some news outlets reported the blockades were tied to the capture of a leading CDN figure, however, Mexican authorities have announced any arrests.
Breitbart News traveled to the Mexican States of Tamaulipas, Coahuila, and Nuevo León to recruit citizen journalists willing to risk their lives and expose the cartels silencing their communities.
(Read more at Breitbart)
If you want hijackings and street blockades to be a normal part of life on the North side of the border, just keep with Nancy Pelosi’s border protection plan.
Considering that Pelosi would not meet with parents of people murdered by illegal aliens, maybe this is what she wants.
NWrain (@nwgoboating) April 19, 2019
- 300 asylum seekers surrender to armed militia of New Mexico citizens
The Daily Mail tells us in a 17 April 2019 article how 300 illegal aliens turned themselves in to an armed militia in New Mexico.
The emergence of the vigilante group comes amid a boom in asylum seekers aiming to make their way into the U.S. through New Mexico, and the El Paso sector.
In 2018, Border Patrol stopped 162,000 people in the Rio Grande Valley.
None of the eight other Border Patrol sectors on the Southern border have experienced anywhere near those figures, as the graphic above indicates.
However, El Paso, where the 300 asylum seekers were filmed, has seen a significant spike in the past year, as other corridors in the U.S. are explored.
In October and November of 2018,as the average number of apprehensions grew, El Paso’s share doubled.
The video, which was streamed live on Facebook, shows the asylum seekers giving themselves up to the militia, intending to turn themselves over to Border Patrol.
‘I literally walked out and I looked, and all I saw was hundreds of people coming at us,’ said Benvie.
(Read more at the Daily Mail)
In Democrat New Mexico, it would not surprise many to find an active resistance to Trump in the state government. Therefore, for a vigilante group to spring up in the power void left by the exiting Democrat law enforcers, there is additionally no surprise.
Additionally, the fact that illegal aliens would assume that anyone with a gun would be the police (who they have been told to surrender to and claim asylum) does not seem to be surprising, considering the places they come from.
World-Wide News (@kencampbell66) April 18, 2019
- Armed Mexican Soldiers Disarm, Question U.S. Soldiers on Texas Side of Border
In a 20 April 2019 Breitbart article, we find that Mexican soldiers in Texas (where you have to pass a river to enter) disarmed and questioned US soldiers who encountered illegal aliens that the Mexican soldiers were escorting.
A group of five to six Mexican soldiers approached two U.S. soldiers along the border near Clint, Texas, on April 13. “The U.S. soldiers were appropriately in U.S. territory,” officials with U.S. Northern Command told CNN. The U.S. soldiers were reportedly carrying out border support operations “in an unmarked (U.S. Customs and Border Protection) vehicle,” the news outlet reported.
Officials said the Mexican soldiers pointed their weapons at the U.S. troops and removed a sidearm from one of the soldier’s belt. The Mexican soldier reportedly placed the handgun in the CBP vehicle.
An official from Northern Command stated the Mexican soldiers were armed with “what appeared to be assault rifles,” CNN reported. They said the U.S. soldiers allowed the weapon to be taken in an “attempt to de-escalate a potentially volatile situation.”
CNN reported that one of the U.S. soldiers explained, in Spanish, to the Mexican soldiers that while they were south of the border fence, they were still on U.S. soil. The Mexican soldiers eventually released the U.S. soldiers and both sides promised to de-conflict in the future, officials stated.
(Read more at Breitbart)
I just thank God that the US soldiers did not get the treatment that many Mexican officials have received at the hands of the Mexican cartels.
Of course, our liberal friends will be quick to point out that these were just “Mexican soldiers.” However, why would just Mexican soldiers be accompanying illegal aliens as they broke into the US unless those soldiers were being paid by the cartels to protect their product (human, drug, or both)?
Building a wall and controlling the entry into the US will minimize these armed incursions (or — with proper surveillance equipment — at least give us a heads-up on taking care of the situation).
Termites (@TermitesRGood) April 25, 2019
- Mexican Migrants Arrested near Texas Border After Vehicle Pursuit
Breitbart informs us in a 23 April 2019 article of how illegal aliens were arrested after a persuit.
Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents apprehended a group of Mexican migrants after their smuggler led a short vehicle pursuit.
Agents in South Texas encountered a suspicious vehicle in an area well-known for human smuggling. As the agents attempted to follow, the lead driver accelerated and sped away, according to information obtained from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials.
The agents followed the vehicle, which eventually stopped. When the driver stopped, six people jumped out and fled on foot, officials stated.
A search of the area began and agents called for support from a CPB Air and Marine Operations helicopter aircrew. The search led to the apprehension of three subjects. The agents transported the three migrants to the station for processing and a biometric background investigation. All migrants apprehended by Border Patrol agents undergo this type of background check where the agents attempt to identify the migrants and determine if they have a previous criminal or immigration record or are members of a gang.
One of the migrants required medical attention. An agent trained as an emergency medical technician treated the migrant and transported him to a local hospital for evaluation.
The records check on the migrants determined that all three came to the U.S. from Mexico. The Mexican nationals will be processed for removal under Laredo Sector guidelines.
(Read more at Breitbart)
If anyone has travelled in a pickup during the summer in West Texas, you will know that it can be a hot and uncomfortable situation even when going at normal speeds on those country roads. Think of having 19 other riders packed in with you. This is an absurd situation that was just asking to turn into an accident.
We need to build a wall and have a controlled entry into the nation so that idiocy like this is not attempted.
- Congolese Migrants Monitored for Ebola Along Texas Border, Says Official
For those thinking that it is just Mexicans, Central Americans, and South Americans who are invading from the south, please consider a 15 April 2019 Breitbart article that points out how Congolese invaders are being watched for the possibilty of bringing the ebola virus into the US.
A public health official in Laredo, Texas, said 20 Congolese migrants were monitored for Ebola and other diseases in shelters in his city and across the Mexican border in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas. Shortly after his announcement during a Laredo City Council meeting, the World Health Organization (WHO) considered declaring a “global emergency” in response to a massive outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
“We have 8 Congolese right now in one of our shelters and a dozen in Nuevo Laredo,” Laredo Health Director Dr. Hector Gonzalez told the Laredo City Councilman George Altget during a council meeting on April 4. “For them, my concern was Ebola.” He said that due to the time element, the Congolese migrants were not developing symptoms of Ebola. “But, we’re on alert to check that,” he said.
A report from the WHO states that, as of April 10, there have been more than 1,200 reported cases of Ebola in the Congo (1,140 confirmed, 66 probable). Those cases resulted in the deaths of 764 patients (698 confirmed, 66 probable). On Friday, The WHO decided the outbreak does not yet constitute a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).”
A top Red Cross official told NBC News on Friday that he is “more concerned than I have ever been” about the current outbreak of Ebola spreading regionally. Emanuele Capobianco cited statistics from the Congolese health ministry confirming 40 new cases over a two-day period last week. NBC reported that the official called the rate unprecedented in this particular outbreak.
(Read more at Breitbart)
It is not just Mexicans, Central Americans, and South Americans coming across our border. During the first quarter of 2019, the US Border Patrol has apprehended illegal aliens originating from 41 different countries, including Pakistan, Romania, India, and some Middle Eastern nations.
- Border Patrol K-9 Sniffs 8 Pounds of Cocaine in Car Battery
Breitbart tells us in a 23 April 2019 article how drugs have been discovered at the US border.
A Border Patrol K-9 in the San Diego Sector alerted to the presence of nearly eight pounds of cocaine hidden by an alleged Mexican drug smugger inside his car battery.
Agents assigned to an immigration checkpoint on Interstate 8 in southern California observed a red 2006 Ford Mustang approaching for inspection. During the initial inspection, agents learned the driver was a Mexican national traveling legally in the U.S. with a tourist visa, according to information obtained from San Diego Sector Border Patrol officials. The stop took place on Sunday afternoon, officials stated in a press release.
The agents referred the driver to a secondary inspection station where a K-9 “performed a sniff of the vehicle.” The K-9 alerted to the presence of an odor it is trained to detect near the front of the vehicle. Agents conducted a search of the vehicle and discovered three packages hidden inside the car’s battery.
Officials stated that the packages contained 7.85 pounds of cocaine — estimated to be worth $102,050.
(Read more at >Breitbart)
If you would like to put a dent in the “war on drugs,” then stop a few more of them at the border by building a wall. At lease the current methods of putting the drugs in packs and having illegals carry them, putting them in cars and having the drugs snuck in, and similar ploys would stop or be significantly slowed.
andres (@trumpkardashian) April 24, 2019
- Drowned Migrant’s Body Recovered from Texas Border River
Breitbart informs us in a 22 April 2019 article of the drowning death of of four people attempting to cross the Rio Grande. Additionally, it reports on the multiple times people have been saved from the waters as they were floundering.
Del Rio Sector Border Patrol agents recovered a drowned migrant from the Rio Grande River. This marks the fourth drowning incident in the sector’s patrol area in Fiscal Year 2019.
Marine agents assigned to the Eagle Pass Station came upon the body of a migrant on the U.S. side of the Rio Grande on April 11, Del Rio Sector officials reported Monday. The agents found the body near a local water treatment facility.
“The recovery of a deceased person is one of the grimmest tasks our agents carry out,” Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz said in a written statement. “This tragic and most recent death highlights the danger and unpredictability of the Rio Grande River.”
The Eagle Pass Fire Department assisted the Border Patrol marine agents in recovering the body. A justice of the peace made the statutory declaration of death. The body will be transported to a medical examiner’s office where an attempt will be made to identify the migrant.
Del Rio Sector officials reported four migrant drowning deaths in the Rio Grande so far this fiscal year. Fiscal Year 2019 began on October 1, 2018.
Agents recovered the first migrant’s body just five days before Christmas, Breitbart News reported. The migrant appeared to have drowned while illegally crossing the border in an area where no physical barrier exists.
On Valentine’s Day, agents recovered a second who died while crossing from Piedras Negras, Coahuila. This was about the time a group of caravan migrants arrived on the Mexican side of the border.
About a week later, the Eagle Pass marine agents recovered yet another body. Agents were not able to identify any of the deceased migrants at the time of their respective recoveries.
In addition to the four drowning deaths, at least two others died after illegally crossing the border.
Del Rio Sector agents also conducted marine rescue operations that saved the lives of dozens in distress while attempting to cross from Mexico. Many of those rescues included young children.
(Read more at Breitbart)
For all of the bleeding-heart liberals, here is your reason to build the wall. If you build it, people will stop risking their lives (and their children’s’ lives) by swimming the Rio Grande to break into the US.
Drowned Migrant‘s Body Recovered from Texas Border River bit.ly/2GuvnAC—
(@BreitbartTexas) February 17, 2019
- Texas Police Form Wall of Vehicles to Help Border Patrol Stop Caravan Migrants
A 10 February 2019 Breitbart article points out how police formed a wall of vehicles to help the Border Patrol.
Police are lining up their vehicles near Eagle Pass, Texas, to help Border Patrol agents stop the illegal crossing of caravan migrants who arrived in the Mexican border town of Piedras Negras last week. Texas Governor Greg Abbott deployed an additional Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers to the region to assist in securing the border section that has no physical barriers to prevent illegal crossings.
“Texans ask: what’s going on at Eagle Pass?” Governor Abbott tweeted. The governor’s tweet includes a photo showing a large number of DPS vehicles lined up with Border Patrol vehicles along the Rio Grande River near the border community.
DC Examiner reporter Anna Giaritelli tweeted a video showing a long line of police vehicles providing a “show of force” to warn caravan migrants from crossing illegally.
Over 100 police vehicles lined up on a small section of the southern Texas border to try and deter caravan migrants… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…—
Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) February 11, 2019
Texans ask: what’s going on at Eagle Pass? Below is a picture & statement showing that TX Dept. of Public Safety is… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…—
Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) February 07, 2019
Prior to the arrival of the nearly 2,000 Central American caravan migrants last week, the Del Rio Sector already witnessed a 364 percent increase in the number of migrant families apprehended in the sector. Eagle Pass falls under the jurisdiction of the Del Rio Sector.
(Read more at Breitbart)
These law enforcers did essentially (and on a temporary basis) what the border wall will do. They created a disincentive to crossing the Rio Grande and breaking into the US (at least where they showed up).
- FLASHBACK: 7 Democrats Who Once Endorsed Border Fence, Tougher Border Security
A 8 January 2019 Breitbart article points out the hypocrisy of the current opposition by these Democrats to the border wall. What a better reason than to help these guys and gals stop being hypocrites.
Prominent leaders of the Democratic Party once fiercely endorsed border security, and had even voted to secure a border fence along the nation’s southern border.
These stringent calls for tougher border policy appear to have ceased since Donald Trump took office as President of the United States.
In 2006, Senate Democrats — including then-senators Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer, Dianne Feinstein, and Joe Biden — voted to secure a fence along the United States southern border. Check out the instances in which prominent leaders of the Democratic Party championed the border fence and stronger border security overall.
(Read more at Breitbart)
Let’s make certain that these Democrats are not hypocrites. Let’s build the wall that they called for and voted for.