Four Republican congressmen and one Democrat headed to Central America on July 17 to meet with officials in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador to address the surge of foreign nationals from those three countries breaching the U.S. border. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (Mich.) posted updates and photos on social media pages.
Many Americans might be surprised to learn coyotes—smugglers who “guide” nationals into the U.S. illegally—are openly advertising their illicit services. Continue reading →
Most of the debate about what politicians call “immigration” in the U.S. presumes Americans are either for more immigrants or against more immigrants. That provides the politician on the stump with an advantage either way, but the argument is fake.
The politicization of a national security issue by using immigration as a straw man platform not only jeopardizes national security, it fattens cartel profits.
If you live near a border, especially the southern U.S. border, or if you study migrant traffic in depth, you come to realize the U.S. is dealing with vast criminal enterprises and many of them readily take advantage of welfare and other redistributive programs to advance their power and wealth.
The “migrant” is the pawn—sometimes willing, sometimes not—used by cartels and by politicians to advance the desired agenda.
An interview published by CBS Houston illustrates one aspect of what has become a booming cottage industry within cartels—human smuggling and trafficking. Anyone smuggling a person has to pay for the usage of the route controlled by the cartel.
“Sometimes the person feeding and watching immigrants at the stash house is in the country illegally, too, and is working off his smuggling fee. In other cases, a local has been paid $20 per person per day for the job.”
As border breaches have increased notably in recent years, so have profits for the criminals moving human cargo. It can cost thousands of dollars for a citizen of a country like Honduras to get across the U.S.-Mexico border.
Obviously, business is very good at present, in part because criminal enterprises have been eager to help spread messages about President Barack Obama’s push for amnesty starting with his White House legislation on the Dream Act. That Act was never passed by Congress even when Democrats had absolute control after winning power in 2006. It was 2010 before Republicans took the House back.
Youths are used as lookouts or guides and they know they’re in no danger of facing charges because of Obama’s well-publicized ‘catch and release’ policy.
The FBI maintains a ‘Wanted’ list for criminals allegedly involved in human trafficking; the defendants often don’t show up for trial after being released by a judge.
Individuals who enlist the services of a coyote or smuggler may not intend to become victims of trafficking, but that is often the case.
The FBI ‘Wanted’ list details how a smuggler will get an individual into the country and then force him or her into prostitution or forced labor to pay off the travel debt.
Crimes associated with trafficking include forced labor, the sale of babies, child pornography, illegal employment of foreign nationals, and even trading in body parts, according to a Human Rights Watch report posted at the U.S. Dept. of Justice.
Money laundering and document fraud are also part of the mix. Identity theft is a critical security problem in the U.S., but sentences for those who are convicted are usually not hefty although many victims have their lives nearly ruined when their identities are stolen.
At present Congress and the president take a reactive approach, attempting to deal with the influx of foreign nationals on a purely political basis.
Until the borders, both physical and intangible, are secured, the U.S. will have a smuggling and trafficking problem. The executive branch of the U.S. government, under existing law, has the power and resources to secure the border as was the case for a period of time after 9-11-2001.
“He [the governor] shall have power to call forth the militia to execute the laws of the State, to suppress insurrections, and to repel invasions.”
Although Perry has been aggressive on the issue of border security as an aspect of national security, the governor is considered “pro-immigration.” Perry advocated for Congress to pass a Dream-style Act in 2011.
Featured Photo: The FBI’s Most Wanted list of suspects allegedly involved in human trafficking.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/July 21, 2014)
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You’d think Dems would forego another attempt after the scorched Earth outcome of their housing policy.
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Thus it’s ironic that a man who, via the Giving Pledge, committed to direct a sizable portion of his wealth to do-good projects has said little about the 18,000 people about to be axed from Microsoft who will soon find themselves in search of a job in a labor market that despite claims by the political class, remains glutted.
Ironically, Gates routinely advocates for more guest worker visas in the United States, claiming the country needs more workers in the STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics] sector. Continue reading →
The Left in general may never get over the Supreme Court’s decision in the 2010 Citizens United case. That case permitted corporations to spend money to advocate for or against a candidate and in general, to spend money on elections by running ads, for example.
After the ruling was announced, the Left took to the soapbox to declare, “Corporations are not people!”
That’s silly because all sorts of people comprise corporations—shareholders, employees from entry level to CEO. Corporations can be sued, praised, and vilified. Furthermore, labor unions and other groups have long sought to influence elections and they have spent lots of U.S. dollars in the process.
The Left apparently missed the fact the federal government already considered corporations persons. Continue reading →
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