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Report: Border smugglers earned as much as $14 million a day last month

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U.S.-Mexico border traffickers made as much as $14 million a day last month, Fox News has reported.

“Trafficking is a multibillion-dollar industry,” said former Tucson Border Patrol Chief Roy Villareal. “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.”

Immigrants pay smugglers a fee to cover transportation, food, shelter and a guide to get over the border. In some cases, the fees also cover transportation to a place of employment where the worker is expected to remain for years.

Sen. Roger Marshall said last week that cartels are making more money on smuggling migrants through the border than they do moving illegal drugs. Marshall claims that cartels are charging Central American families anywhere from $3,000-$9,000 to get into the U.S.

Marshall blamed President Biden’s reversal of Trump administration policies which include the ‘Remain in Mexico policy’ and border wall construction.

Marshall said President Biden’s reversal of Trump administration policies, including the ‘Remain in Mexico policy’ and border wall construction, are to blame for the record number of immigrants arriving at the border.

U.S. taxpayer costs for the border crisis continue to spike, costing $5 million a day, according to a 2019 figure by the Health and Human Services.

Last week, the Biden administration set aside $86 million to pay for hotel rooms for homeless migrant families near the southern border.

According to data released by the Customs and Border Protection, the number of migrants crossing the southern border more than doubled between January and February of this year.

Around 7,000 migrant families were caught in January compared to nearly 19,000 migrant families caught in February. Additionally, unaccompanied children and single minors caught crossing the southwest border increased from 5,694 in January to 9,297 in February.

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Two dozen states sending National Guard troops to U.S.-Mexico border

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“The border is secure” says Vice President Kamala Harris; yet almost two dozen states are sending up to 2,500 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border. The assistance is aimed at helping federal immigration officials handle the border crisis.

“Groups that support tougher immigration restrictions say the deployment of the National Guard troops will help overburdened federal agencies deal with the surge of illegal immigration”, reports the Center Square.

The deployments were requested by the U.S. Department of Defense and Republican-led states like Kentucky, South Carolina and Arkansas, as well as Democratic-led states such as Rhode Island and Illinois will all be sending assistance. Other states sending troops include Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, DOD officials said.

“Several other states – Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oregon, Utah and Washington – will be providing National Guard aviation support for border operations, according to the department.”

“The U.S. Virgin Islands has also committed National Guard troops to the mission, which is being overseen by the U.S. Northern Command.”

The Center Square reports:

The troops were requested by DOD to assist U.S. Border Patrol in dealing with a surge of illegal trafficking of people, weapons and drugs into the country. The troops will work only in support missions, a Defense Department spokesman said, and are prohibited under federal law from detaining undocumented migrants or others caught crossing into the United States illegally…

…The U.S. Border Patrol has apprehended migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border more than 1.8 million times since October, breaking previous records, according to the agency. The Center Square, through its sources, reported in August the number of illegal entries is nearly 5 million since Biden began to occupy the White House in January 2020.

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