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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.

Follow Annaliese Levy on Twitter @AnnalieseLevy

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DHS Secretary Mayorkas Says We Cannot Remove ‘11 Million Undocumented Individuals’ Unlawfully in U.S.

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Troubling details were unearthed during the questioning of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas by the Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-IA). Grassley asked Mayorkas about a DHS memo from September 30 which reads: “The fact an individual is a removable noncitizen will not alone be the basis of an enforcement action against them.”

“Does that reasoning apply to the [1.2] million illegal immigrants who have received due process and been given a final order of removal by an immigration judge?” Grassley asked Mayorkas.

“We cannot remove 1.2 million individuals, nor can we remove more than 11 million undocumented individuals, individuals who are unlawfully present in the United States, who might not have final orders of removal” Mayorkas answered.

Mayorkas also stated that he had issued the due process policy after drawing on “tremendous experience not only as a member of the Department of Homeland Security but as a federal prosecutor.”

Grassley pressed Mayorkas, asking, “should any of them be removed?”

“Of course,” Mayorkas said. “I do believe that individuals who pose a public safety threat, who pose a national security threat, who pose a border security threat, should be removed, and we should be smart and effective in our use of resources, and we should focus on the well-being of our communities and prioritize individuals for removal.”

In his opening statements, Grassley addressed Mayorkas and stated, “When you allow the ACLU and open-borders immigration activists rather than career law enforcement professionals to dictate the terms of your immigration and border policies, then you shouldn’t be surprised when record-shattering numbers of people start showing up at the border to take advantage of that.”

Grassley continued, “When you run DHS like it’s an ‘Abolish ICE’ fan club, you shouldn’t be surprised when you have an illegal immigration crisis on your hands.”

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