A recently released congressional report exposes the horrific details of human traffickers taking advantage of migrants who cross illegally into the U.S.
The House Oversight Committee report revealed staggering figures of how much smugglers and cartels are making in sneaking people across the southern U.S. border. The report, released Tuesday, shines a light on the extent of the problem faced by Border Patrol agents on a daily basis.
“This border crisis is unlike anything we’ve ever experienced as a nation,” U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., wrote on X, calling the joint staff information a “Gut wrenching report.”
Gut wrenching report.
“The weekly revenue for illicit human smuggling in… the Del Rio Sector alone, is in excess of $30 million a week.”
This border crisis is unlike anything we’ve ever experienced as a nation. https://t.co/ys9sDV6ytC
— Rep. Lauren Boebert (@RepBoebert) January 16, 2024
The report, titled “Crisis at the Border: Reports from the Frontline,” was a joint venture between the Oversight Committee and Homeland Security Committee Republicans in the House.
“This report contains excerpts of interviews with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents on the frontlines of the Biden border crisis and highlights the need for policy changes by the Biden Administration to curtail the unprecedented flow of migrants, narcotics, and crime at the southwest border,” the committee wrote on X.
According to U.S. Border Patrol Chief Jason Owens who spoke with members of the House Oversight Committee, “Our Sector Intelligence Unit estimates that the weekly revenue for the illicit human smuggling in our sector alone, the Del Rio Sector alone, is in excess of $30 million a week.”
Nine border patrol chiefs testified on the state of things along the U.S.-Mexico border.
“I have seen everything from as low as two to three thousand dollars all the way upwards of $50,000 for someone that’s, say, from a very far away country, or, you know, wants to be able to guarantee entry into the U.S.,” Dustin Caudle, the deputy chief patrol agent of the Yuma Sector, told lawmakers.
However, Joel Martinez, Chief Patrol Agent of the Laredo Sector, claimed the number could be higher.
“For somebody from China, we’ve heard it go up to at least — we’ve heard it go up to [$]60,000 a person,” he said.
On average, according to the report, cartels could be making $8,600 in charges to get someone across the U.S. southern border.
“When I started in ’95, people could just get to the border and cross on their own. you know, now nobody crosses without paying the cartels,” Chief patrol Agent of the Tucson Sector, John Modlin, told the committee members in his testimony.
“So the cartels, you know, determine when people cross, you know, how many people cross at a time, all of that,” he added. “‘It’s all — it’s all controlled by them.”
Since August 2023, the Committee has now sent four separate invitations to Secretary Mayorkas, requesting he testify specifically about his handling of the unprecedented border crisis.
He’s tacitly refused the previous three times, despite flexibility offered on our end. https://t.co/S15ZHq9p0l
— House Homeland GOP (@HomelandGOP) January 17, 2024
“The men and women on the frontline of the worst border crisis in U.S. history confirmed to our committees we must return to deterrent policies on the border,” House Committee on Oversight and Accountability Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) said in a statement.
“The Biden Administration has failed to secure our southern border and provide those who bravely attempt to control the border sectors with the adequate tools to do so. Fundamental change from the White House is required to stop the transnational criminal organizations profiting from the disaster on the southern border,” the Republican added. “I want to thank Border Patrol agents for their persistent courage in the face of an increasingly impossible task.”
CHAIRMAN COMER OPENS HEARING ON BIDEN’S BORDER CRISIS
“One of this Committee’s first hearings at the start of this Congress was examining the worsening border crisis.
“We heard from two Chief Border Patrol agents who testified about a crisis that was setting records for… pic.twitter.com/Twp9rTdZwn
— Oversight Committee (@GOPoversight) January 17, 2024
U.S. Rep. Mark Green, R-Tenn., spoke of the “shocking insights” the report revealed.
“These transcribed interviews have given our Committees, and now the American people, some shocking insights into the consequences of the Secretary’s refusal to enforce the law and secure our borders,” Green said. “Accountability is desperately needed at the highest levels of the Department of Homeland Security. Until that happens, and leaders are in place who will faithfully follow and execute the law, this crisis will continue to rage, and Border Patrol agents will continue to suffer amidst the chaos.”
This crisis is intentional. It’s impossible to fail this bad accidentally and for so long. Everything President Biden and Secretary Mayorkas have done, they have done with purpose. https://t.co/QWHHhLfDqZ
— Rep. Mark Green (@RepMarkGreen) January 16, 2024