The illegal immigrants who were involved in a deadly California car accident last week reportedly paid up to $10,000 each to be smuggled across the U.S.-Mexico border.
13 immigrants were killed last week after an SUV filled with 25 suspected undocumented immigrants collided with a semi-truck in Southern California, near the border.
The Daily Mail has reported that the immigrants paid between $5,000 to $10,000 to be smuggled across the border, with Guatemalan immigrants paying the most due to the longer trip.
Authorities are still investigating the crash, however, locals told DailyMail.com that the area is notorious for crashes.
Sargeant Arturo Platero of the California Highway Patrol told DailyMail.com that he had never seen a crash so extreme.
“Me personally, I’ve never come across anything like that before. It’s extreme. Obviously, that vehicle wasn’t meant to hold that many people,” he said.
“We deal with crashes on a daily basis. Every day we see collisions and every day there are people who die as a result. But this magnitude, this is obviously something different.”
Officer Carlos Pitones of the El Centro sector said that President Joe Biden’s immigration policies are causing a rise in illegal immigration.
“It’s been picking up – it’s been really busy in the area,” he said. “Biden is having an effect.”
Moreover, border patrol authorities said that Biden’s immigration policies have encouraged more undocumented immigrants to attempt to smuggle into the U.S.
Border patrol numbers for the El Centro sector where the crash occurred show that 13,787 people attempted to cross into the U.S. illegally in Jan.– a 100% increase from 2020 when just 6,429 attempts were made.
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“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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