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Human Smuggling Operations by Cartels Turning Border Communities into War Zones

As the mass migration crisis continues to rage out of control, the increased human smuggling efforts by Mexican drug cartels is having disastrous consequences for border communities on both sides of the wall.

As Fox News reports, cartels are fighting over the money being left behind by illegal aliens in addition to the fees being paid to guide them across the border. The skirmishes have impacted towns in Mexico from Sonoyta to Ciudad Juarez, and their American counterparts lie Lukeville, Arizona, and El Paso, Texas. The cartels are clashing not only with each other, but with Mexican authorities as well.

One recent example was a gunfight in Sonoyta, Sonora, where members of the Sinaloa Cartel fought with members of the Mexican army, leading to an SUV being torched in the streets. By the end of the fight, which lasted for several hours, only five cartel members were arrested.

“This last one (shooting) was probably the most publicized because the videos made it to mainstream news, but it is not the first one,” said eyewitness Joel Perez. “This is all because of the amount of migrants arriving to this town.”

Another incident on January 2nd saw a group of 31 illegals kidnapped by cartel members as they were heading for the city of Matamoros by bus. The cartels ordered them out of the bus and into pickup trucks, with each illegal having to pay a $2,000 ransom to be released. The hostages were freed about 24 hours later.

An anonymous cartel member in Ciudad Juarez admitted to a reporter that human smuggling has become “more profitable than ever before,” saying that “no one wants to work on anything else right now. Everyone wants to work with the migrants because you can make a lot of money from it these days and it is easy work.”

“Right now it is more profitable to smuggle migrants than to traffic bricks of cocaine, and with less risk if you get caught,” he added.

The surge in activity by illegal aliens has led to an overwhelming of resources in border communities. The Tucson sector, where Lukeville is located, saw over 300,000 illegal crossings in the 2023 fiscal year. The U.S. Border Patrol admitted to at least 225,000 apprehensions in the first 27 days of December 2023.

The illegals are coming to the United States due to Joe Biden’s campaign trail promises of amnesty and free, taxpayer-funded benefits for all illegals, including healthcare, housing, and education. But the clear visible effects of the crisis, from a rise in crime, homelessness, and drug use, to the images of hordes of thousands pouring across the border, have led to a widespread backlash from the American population, and the crisis is expected to become a top campaign issue in the 2024 election.

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About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

Photo: EAGLE PASS, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 30: As seen from an aerial view a U.S. Border Patrol agent supervises as immigrants walk into the United States after crossing the Rio Grande from Mexico on September 30, 2023 in Eagle Pass, Texas. The agent had cut coils of razor wire to let them pass through for processing. Immigration and border security have become major issues in ongoing negotiations to fund the U.S. government. A recent surge in immigrant crossings has overwhelmed border authorities. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)