Obama’s lax immigration policy is the biggest reason for the increase of illegal immigration into the United States, which is also the reason for the increase of drugs coming in from the Mexican drug cartels.
Brandon Judd, the president of the National Border Patrol Council, testified in the Senate Thursday saying, “There are a number of factors that are driving the illegal immigration that we are seeing. Many point to the endemic violence in Central America. Without a doubt violence and instability in Central America is a factor. It is not however what is driving the problem. The single biggest factor driving our illegal immigration right now is our catch and release program.”
According to Judd, Border Patrol agents are forced to release illegal immigrants if they claim credible fear. Minors are not only released, but they are escorted to their final destination.
“If you are a single male and we do not physically see you cross the border and you claim that you have been in this country since 2014, we will release you. Do you have to offer any proof that you have been here the last two years – absolutely not. We will take your word for it,” Judd testified.
Judd continued to describe to the Senate how the Mexican cartels use the illegal immigrants to smuggle drugs across the border.
“Drug cartels control the illegal activity along our border in the same way gangs control illegal activity within our prisons. Nothing moves along the border in the U.S. or Mexico without the cartel’s permission,” Judd said. “For the cartels, illegal alien and narcotic smuggling are two lines of huge business that brings in billions in annual revenue.”
The Gulf Cartel are paid $5,000 for every illegal immigrant it smuggles across the Rio Grande Valley.
“For example, last year the Border Patrol apprehended 174,000 illegal immigrants in the Rio Grande Valley. That is $870 million in revenue for the cartel. When you factor in those that “got away” the total revenue from alien smuggling alone for the Gulf cartel in this sector is nearly over $1.7 billion,” Judd testified.
The illegal aliens are practical people, they weigh the costs and benefits before risking it all to cross the border. With the current policies that Obama has in place, the benefits far outweigh the costs.