U.S. border policies fatten cartels, from sale of body parts to child porn

FBI Wanted Human Trafficking

The FBI has listed these individuals as wanted in connection with human trafficking. It’s common for judges to release those who are charged. The defendants often don’t show up for trial. (Snip: fbi.gov)

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.

Advertising the availability of food stamps in foreign countries acts as an additional magnet.

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.

CBS Houston said:

“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.

At present numerous cartel and gang members are imprisoned in the U.S., with taxpayers footing the bill to house and feed them and provide medical care.

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.

On Sunday evening, rumors surfaced on Twitter about Texas Gov. Rick Perry sending National Guard troops to his state’s border.

Perry would be within his rights as long as his policies involved protecting his state’s border and he did not intervene in “immigration” policies or procedures.

The Texas Constitution, Article 4, Section 7, says:

“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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About Kay Day

Kay B. Day is a freelance writer who has published in national and international magazines and websites. The author of 3 books, her work is anthologized in textbooks and collections. She has won awards for poetry, nonfiction and fiction. Day is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Authors Guild.
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