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Biden Border Policies Provide Enormous Payday for Mexican Cartels

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One of the central themes of both the 2016 and 2020 elections was border security, with the Democrats somehow defending the idea that our nation was perfectly capable of dealing with the southern border as it is, with drugs and guns and God knows what else just flowing freely into Texas and other states.

But then came Donald Trump, who pushed back hard on this notion, attempting to secure the border, (and America herself), with a wall.  The Democrats pushed back and began labeling the idea “racist”, despite plenty of CSPAN video evidence of their not-so-distant remarks saying very similar things.

Now, with Biden and Democrats back in the White House, the Mexican cartels have begun taking advantage of this lackadaisical attitude…and to the tune of billions of dollars.

The cartels and coyotes are earning $13 billion a year by delivering economic migrants to U.S. workplaces via President Joe Biden’s welcoming border agencies, the New York Times reported Monday.

And how does that stack up against the former guy?

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The current revenue is 26 times larger than the $500 million the cartels earned under President Donald Trump’s low-migration policies, according to the July 25 report.

The key news was buried in the fourteenth paragraph, long after the lede’s focus on a 2014 smuggling crime:

For years, independent coyotes paid cartels a tax to move migrants through territory they controlled along the border, and the criminal syndicates stuck to their traditional line of business, drug smuggling, which was far more profitable. That began to change around 2019, Patrick Lechleitner, the acting deputy director at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, told Congress last year. The sheer number of people seeking to cross made migrant smuggling an irresistible moneymaker for some cartels, he said.

The enterprises have teams specializing in logistics, transportation, surveillance, stash houses and accounting — all supporting an industry whose revenues have soared to an estimated $13 billion today from $500 million in 2018, according to Homeland Security Investigations, the federal agency that investigates such cases.

Securing the southern border is not some ideological whim of the GOP.  There are very real and concrete consequences to leaving things as they are, and bolstering the profits of one of the world’s most ruthless gangs ranks right up there.

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As a lifelong advocate for the dream promised us in the Constitution, Andrew West has spent his years authoring lush prose editorial dirges regarding America's fall from grace and her path back to prosperity. When West isn't railing against the offensive whims of the mainstream media or the ideological cruelty that is so rampant in the US, he spends his time seeking adventurous new food and fermented beverages, with the occasional round of golf peppered in.




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