Border Patrol Union Boss Has Grave Concerns About Human Trafficking At Southern Border

( — Art Del Cueto, a leader in the National Border Patrol Council, appeared on Fox Business Network’s Mornings with Maria Bartiromo on Tuesday, February 27 to discuss the ongoing security crisis at the US southern border. In their conversation about the human trafficking and smuggling of fentanyl through Mexico, Bartiromo mentioned that an unnamed source had told her that in the next two years, human trafficking would become as big an issue as fentanyl is today. Del Cueto said he agreed 100%.

Del Cueto went on to explain that everything and everyone that comes across the Southern border of the United States is controlled and managed by the drug cartels. They decide who crosses the border, when, where, and how many. Lieutenant Chris Olivarez of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) said the same thing when he was on Fox News in August. Characterizing the cartels as a paramilitary group and warning that they pose a significant risk to public safety, he says they are smuggling drugs, illegal immigrants, cartel members, or even known terrorists across the border.

On Monday, February 26, 22 Republican attorney generals submitted a letter to President Biden demanding that his administration account for the 85,000 migrant children who have apparently crossed the border only to disappear. Many of these children were unaccompanied, while others were travelling with unrelated adults. In over a third of the cases, the children were released to sponsors whose IDs raised officials’ concerns, while some were sent to homes that were later found to be unoccupied by investigators. In October 2023, 24 migrant children were found working as slave labor in a meat packing plant in Ohio.

The border issue is not abating and cannot be ignored. While humanitarian aid is often invoked on behalf of poor immigrants seeking a better life, the reality of drugs, violent crime, and human trafficking can’t be denied. In the meantime, President Biden has indicated that his hands are tied and he cannot do anything to secure the border without the approval of Congress, and he has placed blame on Republicans for not approving a recent border security bill. The Republicans who opposed the bill said they voted no because they didn’t believe it would actually do anything to secure the border. The Republicans also claim that Biden has the ability to use executive authority to respond to the border crisis, but it remains to be seen if he actually will.

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