FBI Director Christopher Wray admitted during a press conference that there is “no doubt” that Mexican cartel activity has penetrated the United States, due to the deep crisis the country is facing on the southern border caused by the open border policies implemented by the Biden administration.
As reported by Fox News, Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) asked Wray at a House Judiciary Committee hearing whether his agency was aware of cases in which foreign nationals crossing the border were deeply indebted to cartels and smugglers.
“Is it true that many of the foreign nationals who are being trafficked across our border often arrive here deeply indebted to the Mexican crime cartels?” McClintock asked.
To which Wray responded without hesitation, “Certainly, we have seen quite a number of such instances, absolutely,” Wray replied.
McClintock, in the face of Wray’s response, persisted and asked if debts might be being paid on this side of the border in the manner of “indentured servitude.”
“In some cases, definitely,” Wray responded. “We have a number of human trafficking task forces, as well as working on certain taskforces with [the Department of Homeland Security] to try to address that issue.”
In May, DHS officials warned that Mexico’s fastest-growing drug cartel, the Jalisco Cartel New Generation, or CJNG, was trying to gain a foothold in the Seattle area and the Pacific Northwest.
Wray added that “there is no question” that cartel activity on the other side of the border is directly overwhelmed by the number of people trying to enter the United States, and they are concentrating their efforts on maximizing their profits and power through the debt system created by “helping” people cross the border.
As confirmed by the FBI’s highest authority, the debts are sometimes paid in cash before crossing. Still, others are paid once in the United States using various methods of modern-day slavery such as sex work, slave labor, or simply “favors” to be collected by coyotes and criminal organizations.
In addition, Wray also confirmed that the cartels are working in partnership with local criminal gangs, thus expanding illegal networks that extend their activities far beyond the border where they enter.
“Drug cartels and gangs use children to falsely present themselves as family units and seek asylum at our southern border. These unaccompanied minors are especially vulnerable to human trafficking and are often forced to perform sexual acts,” detailed Republican Senator Marsha Blackburn when she introduced with other senators an anti-child trafficking bill.
McClintock concluded that “basically, 170-plus years after the Thirteenth Amendment have slavery burgeoning in this country as a result of these policies,” presumably referring to the Biden administration’s policies on immigration.
Republicans and conservatives have blamed the increase in migrants at the border on the Biden administration’s backtracking on Trump-era border policies and messages sent by the new governors that would-be migrants and human traffickers are being interpreted as encouraging illegal crossings.