Mexico’s cartel activity is ‘without a doubt’ spilling over into the United States, according to FBI Director James Comey.
There’s “no doubt” cartel activity from Mexico is flowing over the southern border, according to FBI Director Christopher Wray.
On Thursday, Wray made the comments during a House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing.
Representative Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) asked Wray if foreign nationals crossing the US-Mexico border are “deeply indebted” to the cartels and if those payments are recovered through “indentured servitude.”
Wray said, “Definitely in some circumstances.” “We have a number of human trafficking task forces and are collaborating with the [Department of Homeland Security] on specific task forces to try to address that issue.”
“But there’s no doubt that cartel activity on the other side of the border is spilling over in all sorts of ways,” the FBI director said, “and you just pointed to one that is incredibly alarming to us all.”
After McClintock claimed, “170-plus years after the 13th Amendment, slavery is proliferating in this nation,” Wray added that he considers human trafficking a “contemporary kind of slavery.”
Human trafficking, according to the FBI director, is “nearly medieval.”
In recent months, a record number of migrants, including unaccompanied youngsters, have attempted to cross the US-Mexico border.
According to figures issued by US Customs and Border Protection in April, immigration officers stopped about 179,000 persons attempting to enter the border, the highest number in more than two decades. This year’s total number of border crossings is on track to surpass a two-decade high.
The situation at the southern border is “worse than we’ve ever seen,” according to Brandon Judd, head of the National Border Patrol Council.
During her first international trip to Guatemala and Mexico, Vice President Kamala Harris, who has been appointed by President Joe Biden to spearhead the administration’s drive to curtail migration, urged people not to come to the United States.
“I want to be clear with anyone in this region who is considering making the risky journey to the US-Mexico border: DO NOT GO. Do not come,” she said during a press conference alongside Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei on Monday.
While in Guatemala, Harris announced that a task force would be created to work with the Justice, Treasury and State departments to investigate corruption and human smuggling in the. This is a brief summary.