While the media are overwhelmed with the crisis in Afghanistan and the role of President Joseph Biden in what happened and is happening and what it all means for the future, there’s another crisis going on that’s being ignored by everyone – the president, his administration, Congress and virtually all media.
I suspect it’s because it’s a problem this country has faced for decades, involves people American politicians have long tried to ignore, and involves big money in drug trafficking, gun running and human smuggling.
On top of that, it’s not just a U.S. problem; it involves our relationship with a neighboring country. That’s where politics raises its ugly head.
If you haven’t already guessed, I’m talking about the border between our country and Mexico. It hasn’t moved, but in too many places, it’s almost as though there is no border. That’s because the movement of people, vehicles and contraband back and forth between the U.S. and Mexico continues on a daily basis, and it appears that the United States – our country – has little interest in stopping it.
President Biden has essentially established an open-border policy with Mexico even without any congressional or other legislative actions. All it took was an executive order or two, and the door was opened to thousands of illegals crossing our border every week.
Think of it. Men and women of all ages, adults and children – all, coming into our country without any vetting. Who are they, what is their background, why are they here, where are they going to end up?
In a time of a pandemic, they enter without any health checks. Yet when there are health checks, as there were recently in Brownsville, Texas, many are infected with COVID. The New York Post reported that local authorities can ask the illegals who test positive to quarantine in local hotels – but they can’t force them to do so!
That being the case, they are then free to move into our country and possibly spread the virus to American citizens.
When they are here, especially the children, who is to be responsible for them, where and why?
Between January and May, more than 65,000 illegal-alien children crossed the border. July set an all-time record for crossers. The law says they are not to be in U.S. custody for more than 72 hours, before they are to be released to vetted sponsors.
After their release, the government is supposed to follow up to confirm their safe placement. Sounds good on paper, but it doesn’t work that way.
It’s reported the government has lost track of more than a third of the children. According to records, by May, the government released 32,000 children but did only 15,000 follow-up calls. The rest are “lost” children – and it appears no one cares. Were they sold into the sex trade? Drug trade? Child-labor traffickers?
Keep in mind there’s big money in all this. These unaccompanied kids (and adults) don’t cross the border for nothing. Drug cartels charge them thousands of dollars – either pay up front or be legally tied to them for paying it back after they’re in the U.S. by working in the sex trade, the drug business or as laborers.
According to a detailed report on this illegal immigration in the
Fall issue of Range Magazine, Mexican nationals pay about $7,000 each to cross; $1,000 of it goes to the cartel.
OTM’s – other than Mexicans – pay $12,000, with $2,000 to the cartel.
It’s another form of slavery. We are enabling it, and no one objects.
There’s another aspect of this issue that’s really ignored by the mainstream – and that’s the problems these illegals present for U.S. citizens who live along the border.
Rancher John Ladd has property along that border and said that when Biden said he would grant amnesty to illegals in his first 100 days in office, “border security started going to hell.” He said they catch more than 50 illegals a day with more than another 50 getting away.
Tom Kay also has a border ranch and says there’s more illegal traffic now than ever before. There’s also more danger. A neighbor rancher, Jim Chilton, says, “We never feel safe. We carry guns in our trucks, on our horses, in our house, and I keep one next to my bed. My cowboys carry too.”
He said that last year, one of his cowboys was checking a gate on the border when smugglers surprised him, beating him and robbing him of $150 and his phone.
As if that danger isn’t bad enough, Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels said that his department received a threat from the cartel vowing to send assassins across to kill a random deputy. He admits such dangers are a constant worry.
Dannels said that from October last year to April this year, the Border Patrols’ Tucson Sector, which covers 262 miles of border, recorded 60,000 “getaways.”
“Sixty thousand people and we have no idea who they are. That should be a national security issue for everybody.”
Last year, border cameras counted 300 to 400 illegal entries a month.
This year, in April alone, they recorded 3,800 illegal entries.
In addition to people crossing illegally, there’s the massive movement of drugs into the U.S. It’s estimated about 90% of the heroin and methamphetamine in this country comes from Mexico along with increasing volumes of the killer fentanyl.
With all this illegal activity, one wonders if and when the administration will do something about it.
Sheriff Dannels is blunt in his assessment: “As long as border security isn’t a priority, I don’t see a good future for public safety in my country.”
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