Rep. Gimenez on cartels smuggling people into USA, human trafficking: ‘Basically, it’s modern-day slavery’

During a recent appearance on Fox News Channel’s “The Next Revolution,” Republican Rep. Carlos Gimenez of Florida delved into the problems ongoing with the southern border, likening the plight facing migrants trafficked by the cartels as being a form of “modern day slavery.”

On the March 21st episode of “The Next Revolution,” Rep. Gimenez discussed his recent visit to the U.S.-Mexico border, describing how overwhelmed CBP facilities are currently with unaccompanied minors that have crossed into the country:

“Look, what I saw at that Customs and Border Protection facility hundreds and hundreds of children, boys and girls — and I’m talking boys and girls — I’m not talking 17, 16 — I’m really talking boys and girls — I’m talking five, six, seven.”

Rep. Gimenez went into detail how these youths wind up in the U.S., often being left with slips of paper telling them who to contact once they’ve arrived in the country:

“They come across the border by themselves. They have little pieces of paper telling them call so-and-so and an address.”

Yet, Rep. Gimenez says there more to the equation than just minors being sent across the border with instructions. The Florida congressman stated that many of these young migrants crossing over have endured abuse by cartels along the way.

Furthermore, Rep. Gimenez says that cartels wind up getting these families to shell out thousands of dollars in the process:

“But here is the thing — a lot of these girls, young girls, are being molested. Maybe up to 30% are being molested. It costs their parents $4,00o to $6,000 to get them across. A Chinese immigrant trying to get across $35,000. We estimate that the cartels — the multinational cartels — are making close to half a billion dollars per month.”

According to the Florida congressman, cartels also wind up using their human smuggling operations as a means to distract CBP and Border Patrol while they use alternate pathways to bring in drugs into the country:

“They use these migrants to divert Customs and Border Protection agents to a certain section, and then they go ahead and rush the other sections that are unprotected, and they bring us drugs and all other kinds of mayhem that they bring in.”

Rep. Gimenez described a disturbing cycle of abuse employed by cartels involved in human smuggling, the likes of which that can leave migrants smuggled across the border effectively indebted to the cartels for lengthy periods of time:

“It’s horrible for the migrants who…some are being murdered on the other side of the border if they can’t come up with the money.

“They are being extorted. And they are also being used – if they get across – ‘Hey, you owe us $6,000. You are now an indentured servant here in the United States until you pay us back.’ Basically, it’s modern-day slavery. That is what is going on in the border, and it’s outrageous.”

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In other news related to cartels profiting off human smuggling and trafficking efforts, Law Enforcement Today recently shared a report detailing the amount of money that the southern border crisis is lining these criminal organizations’ pockets with. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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TUCSON, AZ – As the Biden administration struggles to control the onslaught of immigrants at the U.S.- Mexico border, criminal organizations trafficking people over the border earned as much as $14 million dollar a day in February.

Former Tucson Border Patrol Chief Roy Villareal told Fox News that trafficking women, children, and single adults has become a multi-billion dollar industry:

“A lot of these vulnerable populations use their life savings. Some are essentially indentured servants and they’re working off this debt for a long period of time. In other cases, some of these migrants are asked to transport narcotics or some form of crime to work off a different part of their debt.”

According to smuggling fee revenues estimated by the Customs and Border Patrol, traffickers made $411.5 million in February ferrying people from Mexico and other Central American countries to the U.S. border.

That breaks down to approximately $14.7 million per day.

News of the windfall for traffickers comes as the border crisis spikes under the Biden administration’s promise to ease border enforcement, in contrast for his predecessor. Former President Donald Trump took a hard line against immigration, and demanded strict enforcement along the border.

Border enforcement is costing taxpayers over $5 million day, based on 2019 figures provided by the Health and Human Services Department.

Adding to the financial burden, the Biden administration awarded an $86 million contract to provide hotel rooms to hold 1,200 migrant families after Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) overran holding capacity.

The contract with Texas-based nonprofit Endeavors will provide temporary shelter and processing services for families who have not been expelled from the United States but have been placed in immigration proceedings for their removal.

Endeavor’s President and CEO Jon Allman said:

“(The money will go toward) critical services to migrant families, which is a continuation of services we have delivered to the migrant population since 2012.”

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has been a vocal opponent to the Biden administrations’ lax enforcement policies. He said in a statement:

“The Biden Administration has been an abject failure when it comes to ensuring the safety of unaccompanied minors who cross our border.

President Biden’s refusal to address the border crisis is not only enabling criminal actors like human traffickers and smugglers, but it is exposing innocent unaccompanied children to illness and potentially unsafe living conditions.”

The growing crisis on the southern border is growing by the day, according to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas who said on Tuesday:

“In more than 80 percent of cases, the child has a family member in the United States. In more than 40 percent of cases, that family member is a parent or legal guardian. These are children being reunited with their families who will care for them.”

Mayorkas defended the Biden administration’s handling of the border crisis, which he refused to call a crisis:

“We are encouraging families, not to send their children along the dangerous journey because so many do not make it safely. We are encouraging them not to do so. Yet, if they arrive at the border, we have a responsibility to allow them to make their claims under United States law.”

In addition to tax money through government agencies flooding into the border crisis, non-governmental agencies have also been seeking taxpayer support to provided services at the border.

In San Diego, the county asked the California delegation to reimburse Jewish Family Services for shelter, food, transportation and case management for hundreds of migrants taken in since January.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) asked for a breakdown of the expenses, but the county has not responded. Rep. Issa stated:

“They did hold a gun to our head because they were asking for money to non-government organizations that take on these refugees. And they wanted an indeterminate amount of money for something permanent. And they wanted basically a blank check.

“The NGOs are happy to take federal dollars to do social work. But at the end of the day, the taxpayers on the hook and probably for a long time to come.”

The Biden administration has feigned surprise at the influx of refugees arriving at the southern border, but form Trump immigration officials say they were warned. Former Ice Chief Ken Cuccinelli said:

“During the transition, we told them what would happen if they went this route. So, it is both predictable and predicted. And they went down this route. So you have to ask yourself why did they do that, and the answer is they want this flood at the border.”

This week, Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-TX) will lead a delegation of 14 House member to the southern border to review the situation. Arrington said:

“I don’t think that folks in the federal government, whether it’s Mayorkas or it’s members of Congress, are prepared to witness what’s going on at the border as a result of President Biden’s policies. I heard the clip about Mayorkas saying we’re encouraging people to not cross the border.

“The fact is, actions speak louder than words. And the policies taken together are saying, come one, come all, violate our laws and we won’t detain and deport you.”

The Biden administration made so many promises for leniency at the border during his campaign that he had to backtrack last week. The President sent a message to immigrants approaching the border:

“I can say quite clearly: Don’t come. We’re in the process of getting set up, don’t leave your town or city or community.

Last week, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) called the situation at the border a “Biden border crisis”:

“This crisis is created by the presidential policies of this new administration. There’s no other way to claim it than a Biden border crisis.”

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