You know things are bad when cartels would rather move people than drugs.
The president tore up hardline Trump policies after taking office but denies sparking a crisis along the southern border where authorities are struggling to deal with a surge in migrant families and unaccompanied kids crossing illegally.
A slew of experts and well-placed law enforcement sources told the DailyMail.com, however, that notorious drug gangs including the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas are seizing upon the reforms to ratchet up human trafficking operations.
According to one source:
“The cartels have realized that under Biden there is serious money to be made from people trafficking without any of the distribution issues you face with narcotics. People are the new dope.”
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the number of migrant apprehensions reached 78,323 in January 2021 – double the amount from January 2020. The migrants are classified, their property is checked and depending on their situation either transported to a processing center or returned to Mexico
A CBP source explained to DailyMail.com that the massive influx of migrants – particularly children – offers a two-fold benefit to the cartels, which are now able to access short-staffed areas when agents are tied up with migrants for hours.
The cartels charge Mexicans $2,000 to get across the border, and charge migrants from other South and Central American countries $3,000. However, the Chinese pay $5,000 and those from the Middle East or Russia pay $9,000. Of course, if you have to pay more, the cartel takes you through at a quieter spot. Maybe it’s the “first-class” of illegal border crossing.