U.S.-MEXICO BORDER- In less than two months, the southern border of the United States has devolved into an unadulterated mess. While the US-Mexico border seemed to have been pretty much under control over the past four years, that is no longer the case.
In fact, the border has gotten so bad that on Friday, the Department of Homeland Security actually asked senior staff to help support border agents, cautioning that it is expected a large number of illegals are expected to cross the border, and believed this would continue for months.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement has also asked officers to be ready to deploy as soon as this weekend. On top of that, a record number of unaccompanied minors have also crossed the border, with internal memos showing that 3,500 minors were waiting at border control stations.
That number is in addition to the approximately 8,500 minors already housed in Health and Human Services shelters while awaiting placement throughout the United States. Those children by the way are being housed in the same shipping containers which were used under former President Donald Trump, who was accused of “putting kids in cages.”
An article in PJ Media, however, notes that the large number of unaccompanied minors pales in comparison to the real issue at the border. Is anyone profiting from this large influx of illegals flowing into the US? The answer appears to be an unequivocal yes.
Jaeson Jones, a retired captain with the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Intelligence and Counterterrorism Division said the primary beneficiaries are Mexican cartels. Jones now runs an organization called Tripwires and Triggers, which is trying to bring media attention to border risks that are not receiving adequate media coverage.
“It was never about the human trafficking that was taking over at our border. Or the human smuggling issue. Fentanyl pouring into the country which we knew was going to be a killer. But there is also the fact that the cartels themselves had gone through a quantum leap and change from originally organized crime into what we see now as a parallel government,” he said.
Jones made it clear that these gangs are not unsophisticated in nature which typically operate in a territory, however, don’t control it.
These gangs are disciplined, militarized transnational organizations, which actually control in some ways local and national governments south of the US-Mexico border. Even more disturbing, one cartel, Sinaloa is in 54 nations globally, while Carte Jalisco is in over 48 countries.
Currently, cartels control the entire 2,000 mile span of the US-Mexico border. As Law Enforcement Today previously reported, these cartels have ties to China, which provides the raw materials required to manufacture crystal meth and fentanyl which is then trafficked into the United States.
In fact, the cartels’ ties with China are so intertwined that, for example, one cartel has hired chemists to find a formulation of fentanyl that has precursors available in Mexico in order to help them diversify their supply chain of raw materials.
Jones says that cartels have refined the processes they use to bring illegal migrants over the border into the US. He notes that migrants typically use the same routes defined by cartels and their smugglers as the primary route into the US.
Due to violence and sexual assault that is rampant along that journey, migrants attempting to reach the US are now doing so in larger numbers in order to achieve safety in numbers.
The cartels have been stretched thin by the large number of migrants attempting to enter the US due to Biden’s open-door policy, and they have actually started to develop systems in order to streamline their processes.
For example, border agents have recently discovered a wristband system, which has migrants wearing wristbands with marks on them which fulfill objectives such as identifying the cartel, whether or not the migrant had fully paid the fee to be trafficked into the US, and also a numbering system.
Jones says that numbering system is of primary concern.
“That number was specifically assigned to that migrant where they had taken what we call the PII, or personally-identifying information. Meaning that now they had the migrant’s cell number and destination where they were going. And any identification they may have had in their wallet or on their person at the time.
“But also, there’s another part to this. And that is their country of origin. They pick up the phone, they call the family, and validate that family, how they’re linked. And then they get their address and their phone number. Now here’s why that’s important because we’re going into a realm of debt bondage. The prices at the border, the cartels are really charging a lot more than we’ve seen historically.”
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What is really concerning about this is the fact that due to so-called “debt bondage,” a migrant has only paid a portion of the fee, and now the cartel has information necessary to come collect in the United States.
Why is this concerning? Because Jones says, such debt bondage means the migrant can be pressured to engage in criminal enterprise in order to support the cartel’s activities once they arrive in the country. According to Jones, there are already thousands of cartel operators throughout the US coordinating such activities.
Jones also explained that it’s more than just migrants from Mexico and Central or South America headed for the southern US border. He said:
“If we were on the border right now and we were talking to migrants that are being apprehended, what they would tell you is that the Biden administration said to come, and they have come. That’s just the facts of it. I mean throughout the campaign the Biden administration said that if people are going to cross, they’re going to be leg in the country. And you have to understand, that was like a beacon to folks all over the world,” Jones said.
Jones said that “perception drives migration,” and noted that people have been traveling to South America from places such as China and Africa for the past nine or ten months, then making their way north. Jones says this will lead to more so-called “Special Interest” aliens than has ever been experienced in the United States.
What is a “Special Interest” alien? These are migrants from countries which has a nexus to terrorism. Jones said a large number of such people are already hitting something called the Darien Gap, which is a break in the Pan-American Highway in southern panama. He says the more migrants going through there, the easier it is for those individuals to go undetected.
Jones has several recommendations to stem the tide of having parallel criminal governments, mitigate the safety risks to our cities and towns from cartel activities within the US, and reduce the number of deadly drugs such as fentanyl flowing across the border.
First he says, law enforcement data collection and reporting needs to be revised in order to capture crimes occurring at the border, such as drug and human trafficking, murders linked to the cartels, kidnapping and extortion.
His second suggestion is to designate cartels as foreign terrorist organizations. This will allow the Department of Defense and intelligence agencies to enter the fray. This would also allow cartel members who are apprehended to be immediately deported from the US.
This would also limit the cartels’ movement worldwide because the Mexican government could seize their assets, and the US could put members on terrorist watch lists; Jones has been advocating for just this for years.
In 2018, The Federalist’s editor Ben Domenech warned about the threat of failed states in Mexico, noting that cartels had murdered 113 candidates for political office and their staff members. He also noted the belief at that time that Congress did not have the political will to realize the seriousness of the situation and take necessary actions to do what they needed to.
Jones’ warnings show that those 2018 concerns expressed by Domenech have come to fruition at the US-Mexico border. Given Biden’s apparent soft touch on immigration, it is not likely that this situation will be addressed anytime in the near future.
The full interview with Jones is available below:
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