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Sara Carter: The border is wide open

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Sara A. Carter described an “overwhelming” crisis at the U.S. Mexico border, during the Sunday night Fox News show “The Next Revolution” with Steve Hilton. Moreover, law enforcement officials attempting to mitigate the issue feel their “hands are tied,” she said.

Carter recently returned from two border trips to McAllen and Brownsville, Texas and Yuma, Arizona.

“Many of them (migrants)… they’re sitting there, people are crossing the border, turning themselves in, they’re asking them to take off their shoelaces, they’re asking them to remove their belts, they’re basically saying ‘welcome to America, you’re not going to be kicked out, let’s take you and get you processed,'” Carter explained.

She added, “And now the problem is is that it’s overwhelming right now. The facilities are overwhelmed. You have over 9,300 children in the month of February.”

Carter went on to emphasize that the issue is not only dealing with an influx of unaccompanied children but also concerns an influx in family units.

“The border is wide open,” she said. “So you have over 100,000 people in February that entered the United States. Now, this week alone, we’re seeing over 3,500 children, but we’re also seeing family units. And not all of those people are the actual parents or guardians of these children. So we’re seeing a lot of human trafficking as well.”

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DOJ federal indictment connects Sinaloa Cartel and Chinese ‘underground banking’

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The Justice Department (DOJ) announced a huge connection between Chinese organized crime and the Sinaloa drug cartel. In a press release the DOJ reported a 10-count superseding indictment charging Los Angeles-based associates of Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel with conspiring with money-laundering groups linked to Chinese underground banking to launder drug trafficking proceeds. During the conspiracy, more than $50 million in drug proceeds flowed between the Sinaloa Cartel associates and Chinese underground money exchanges.”

The indictment was the result of a multi-year investigation into the conspiracy—dubbed “Operation Fortune Runner”— unsealed on Monday charging a total of 24 defendants with one count of conspiracy to aid and abet the distribution of cocaine and methamphetamine, one count of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments, and one count of conspiracy to operate an unlicensed money transmitting business, according to the press release.

“Dangerous drugs like fentanyl and methamphetamine are destroying people’s lives but drug traffickers only care about their profits,” said United States Attorney Martin Estrada. “To protect our community, therefore, it is essential that we go after the sophisticated, international criminal syndicates that launder the drug money. As this indictment and our international actions show, we will be dogged in our pursuit of all those who facilitate destruction in our country and make sure they are held accountable for their actions.”

“Drug traffickers generate immense amounts of cash through their illicit operations. This case is a prime example of Chinese money launderers working hand in hand with drug traffickers to try to legitimize profits generated by drug activities,” said Chief Guy Ficco of IRS Criminal Investigation. “We have made it a priority to identify, disrupt, and dismantle any money launderers working with drug cartels and we are committed to our partnerships with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to combat drug cartels and those who assist them in laundering drug proceeds.”

The Justice.Gov website explains of the indictment: “Following close coordination with the Justice Department, Chinese and Mexican law enforcement informed United States authorities that those countries recently arrested fugitives named in the superseding indictment who fled the United States after they were initially charged last year.”

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