(National Sentinel) Immigration Reform: Though the Trump administration’s policy of enforcing all immigration laws and beefing up border security is being credited with a decline in illegal crossings, Border Patrol and ICE agents know there are additional measures that can and should be taken to improve the situation.
As reported by Lifezette, there are a number of loopholes that Mexico-based drug and human smuggling cartels use in order to get their ‘valuable cargo’ into the United States — and they just happen to be among the many loopholes and shortcomings in immigration law that POTUS Trump is pressuring Congress to fix.
Women and children seeking passage to the United States are not just a source of revenue for smugglers — they are lucrative decoys, according to the head of the union that represents Border Patrol agents.
Perhaps more valuable than the money smugglers get from “unaccompanied minors” and adults that the federal government calls “family units” is the strategic way smugglers deploy them, said Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council.
Suppose, he said as a hypothetical, the U.S. Border Patrol has 100 officers on duty in one sector guarding the boundary between Texas and Mexico.
Those officers might present a worry to smugglers trying to sneak across drugs, foreigners with criminal records, or others from countries with terrorist ties.
So smugglers will send a wave of unaccompanied minors and adults across the border, Judd said. That can occupy half of the Border Patrol officers on duty with processing the carefully timed swarm of illegal immigrants.
“Now, they’ve created gaps … And with those gaps, they now cross higher-value merchandise,” he told the news site.
Judd added that smugglers know that ultimately, thanks to a 1997 court settlement, children and parents will eventually be released because the government cannot hold them longer than 20 days in most instances.
The children are placed with sponsors inside the U.S. while awaiting an immigration hearing — which takes years in most cases.
Lifezette reported further:
Claude Arnold, a former special agent in charge of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) office in Los Angeles, told LifeZette that vulnerabilities caused by U.S. policy are not lost on smugglers or the illegal immigrants who pay them.
“That kind of information spreads like wildfire,” said Arnold, who now is a security consultant.
This is the garbage immigration system POTUS Trump is trying to fix. He needs more like-minded Republicans in Congress to get it done — and he just might if the GOP candidates he is endorsing continue to win.