The Southern Border crisis has plagued America for the past 16 months as the Biden administration continues to figure out the best course of action to stop the influx of migrants at the border. Recently, anticipating the end of the Title 42 policy, the White House started moving officers from the Northern U.S. to the Southern border to help with the situation. But while President Joe Biden and the Democrats remain rather silent on the issue, a new video was released showing a border agent investigating a common area to cross the border. Not only was the ground littered with tagging bracelets, but the officer revealed just how much the smuggling industry makes in a single week. 

In the video, which can be watched below, the Lieutenant explained what exactly the tags were used for.  “I’m Lieutenant with the Texas one public safety. So we’re at one of the landings that we see typically a lot of human smuggling coming across the river from Mexico. And what you’re seeing here, of course, on the ground is a bunch of bracelets, different colors. And what these braces indicate is what organization these illegal immigrants paid to get across. So as you see here, there’s different wording and some have numbers, serial numbers, as you can see here. So this identifies exactly what organization they belong to and who they paid to get across.”

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As for profits made just from smuggling people and not drugs, the officer revealed, “We know on Intel that we receive from our federal partners that just on human smuggling alone, these organizations are making well over $100 million a week, just like human smuggling. It’s a multi billion dollar trade. We’re not even talking about narcotics smuggling. This is all just strictly human smuggling. And that was last year’s numbers. Now, of course, you know, the first six months of this fiscal year, we’re at 1.2 million already. So just kind of put that into context as far as how much these organizations are making. They’re making a lot more profit now on just human smuggling than they are on drug smuggling.”

With billions being made at the border due to President Biden, the Department of Homeland Security, as mentioned above, started to move agents to the North. A spokesperson said, “We have put in place a comprehensive, whole-of-government plan to manage any potential increase in the number of migrants encountered at our border, and DHS has established a Southwest Border Coordination Center to execute those plans. We are increasing our capacity to process new arrivals, evaluate asylum requests, and quickly remove those who do not qualify for protection. We will increase personnel and resources as needed and have already redeployed more than 600 law enforcement officers to the border.”

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This piece was written by Zach Heilman on April 29, 2022. It originally appeared in and is used by permission.

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