On Thursday, FBI Director Christopher Wray appeared before the House Judiciary Committee.
Addressing the Representatives, Wray confirmed that the activity of Mexican cartels has been spreading into the U.S. during the last several months, describing these cartels as a significant security threat for the U.S.
During the hearing, Republican Representative Tom McClintock from California asked Wray about whether illegal immigrants have any obligations to criminal cartels since the latter were involved in their transport to the U.S.
FBI Director acknowledged that his agency has seen a lot of such cases.
Numerous crime issues
FBI Director further confirmed that one of the ways immigrants had to pay their debt was to serve the cartels.
They reportedly helped criminals in activities such as drug and sex trafficking.
Wray added that the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have either organized or plan to deploy various task forces to address the rising drug smuggling issue near the southern U.S. border.
FBI Director also expressed worries about the possible links between the southern cartels and gangs that have already established their presence in the U.S.
It is reportedly also common for smugglers to leave unaccompanied minors after they get them through the U.S.-Mexican border.
Three months ago, a video surfaced in which several smugglers are seen dropping two children, aged three and five, at a location far away from the nearest residential area.
Furthermore, the activities of gangs and cartels during recent months have allegedly led to an increase in drug distribution on the American territory.
Until May, Customs and Border Protection has reportedly seized 6,494 pounds of fentanyl, which is significantly more than it did in the entire 2020 and just 1,083 pounds less than during the 2019 and 2020 combined.
Another issue the border officials are dealing with has to do with an increase in the number of sex offenders coming to the U.S.
Just in the Del Rio Sector, there has been a 3,166 percent increase in the number of convicted sex offenders apprehended by local authorities.
On the other hand, Laredo Border Patrol has recently announced that it had apprehended a staggering number of 760 convicted illegal immigrants this fiscal year, up from just 60 last year.
Even though it presents a 1,267 percent increase, which is much lower than the one seen in Del Rio Sector, it is still a huge one given the numbers from previous years.
Biden and Harris keep refusing to come to the border
So far, neither President Biden nor Vice-President Harris came to the border to get acquainted with the situation.
When asked whether she will come to the border, Vice-President Harris excused herself by saying that “she would not do that today” or that “she has not been to Europe either.”
Nonetheless, she kept saying that she will eventually come there to face the situation firsthand.
She even added that she did not intend to “discount the importance of the border situation.”
Yet, the polls have regularly identified the approach to the border situation as the weakest area of the Biden Administration policy.
It remains to be seen whether these findings would make the administration more willing to focus on the issues that are increasingly compromising public safety.