Mexican drug cartels are now warring along the Texas border for control of access to the United States as the Biden administration continues to ignore the crisis – especially its human toll in many respects, according to investigative reporter Sara Carter.
Carter told Fox News’ “Hannity” on Wednesday that cartels now feel they can operate with impunity anywhere along the United States border – after witnessing months of inaction by President Biden and DHS Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas.
“They know no one is going to hold them accountable and they realize the US government is doing very little to stop the flow of traffic,” Carter said.
Over the last month, there have been at least three clashes between the Northeast cartel – a branch of the ruthless Los Zetas – and the Gulf cartel, for control of the U.S.-Mexico border in Starr County, Texas, she reported.
Most recently, a dozen cartel members amassed along the Rio Grande to taunt Border Patrol agents who were patrolling the American side of the river.
When the agents called the Texas Department of Public Safety for assistance, TXDPS sent a helicopter to the scene, which captured video of cartel members with high-capacity weapons.
“One of the biggest [considerations] is, are they going to escalate,” Carter said.
The border patrol rank-and-file are “terrified that one of these cartel members will shoot across the border and cause an international incident,” she added.
Carter also pointed to a recent case near Calexico, Calif., where a young girl was abruptly dropped over the border wall by a smuggler, left to fend for herself in what the reporter said is a very dangerous area.
Another major issue facing law enforcement is that, if they are ever able to arrest human or drug smugglers, the cases require assistance from the federal government – help that Joe Biden is not inclined to offer.
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MS-13 operates as the heavy hand for drug cartels in the U.S.
Continuity Global Solutions CEO Jerry Torres shared his insight on the rise of cartels at the border with Sara Carter. According to his experience as a defense contractor and documentarian, immigrants aren’t leaving their countries because of the cartels, but for economic opportunity.
“I’ve met with our special operations forces,” Torres told Carter on the latest episode of The Sara Carter Show. “They have been training on the El Salvador and Special Operations folks, and I met with the deputy director of their special ops folks there. And they said there are no MS-13 here. There might be pockets of them here and there in small neighborhoods, but they pretty much wiped them out.”
Yet, the Biden administration considers the treat of MS-13 a pillar of their lax immigration policy. Instead, Torres says they’re not a threat at all. The locals actually get along fine despite the organized crime. “They’re not in fear of their country, they’re not in fear of the police, they’re not in fear of MS- 13. They just want a better life,” Torres said. “And the thing is, is if you take a look at what they’re claiming asylum, well, asylum is not for economic reasons.”
Meanwhile, the cartel has taken on a new role: human trafficking. Immigrants aren’t afraid of MS-13 because they turn to them for advice. Sara Carter has been reporting on this symbiotic relationship for years. “They’re basically rehearsing with a lot of the people, the migrants that are coming across, this is what you need to say, when you get across. This is what you need to ask for, or you won’t be able to stay,” Carter said. “So it’s kind of like a dress rehearsal of sorts. Before they come here, they are taught: what are our loopholes and what do you need to say.”
Under the Trump administration, the Department of Justice established a task force to fight the murders and other serious crimes committed by MS-13 members.
You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.
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