Several former Border Patrol Officers warned in an open letter that some American politicians are protecting the activities of Mexican drug cartels operating in the U.S.
“We must never lose sight of the fact that the United States is the market place for the bulk of transnational criminal businesses engaged in human trafficking and the smuggling, distribution and sale of illegal drugs,” the former officers wrote, according to Breitbart.com.
“Organized crime on this scale we are speaking about cannot exist without political protection.”
The letter was signed by Gene Wood, who once ran the agency’s San Diego station; William Glenn, a retired southwest region Chief Intelligence Agent; and Claude Guyant, who held various leadership positions throughout the agency, according to the website.
“Most heroin, cocaine, meth, and marijuana marketed in the United States is produced outside of our country, and then smuggled into the United States,” the letter states. “The placement of trusted foreign employees inside the United States is imperative to insure success in continuing to supply the demand, and returning the profits to the foreign organization.”
The former officers, writing on behalf of the National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers, said that members of “these vicious transnational crime syndicates” are well established in more than 2,000 American cities and their numbers are increasing as networks expand and demands accelerate.
“These transnational criminals present a real and present danger to all Americans, and they live among us,” according to the letter.
The former officers insist that sanctuary cities discourage “even the most basic law enforcement initiatives” within their jurisdictions.
“Congress must abandon their focus on rewarding illegal behavior for millions of persons by the grant of amnesty in favor of protecting American citizens who suffer daily at the hands of these seasoned criminals,” they wrote. “To do otherwise makes a mockery of our laws, and encourages countless millions more from around the globe to do the same. Transnational organized crime nationwide has flourished under these conditions.”
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