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Journalist Attkisson: Drug Cartels Help Transport Illegal Migrants

By Bill Hoffmann   |   Tuesday, 08 Jul 2014 04:00 PM

Mexico's powerful drug cartels and the Mexican government are likely helping transport children to the U.S. border, where they are illegally crossing over by the thousands, Emmy Award-winning journalist Sharyl Attkisson says.

"They couldn't be safely moved from Mexico without the approval or help of the drug cartels and the approval at least from some in the government,'' Attkisson told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"This suggests that an organized effort, at least in those areas where the biggest surges are coming from,'' she said Tuesday.

Attkisson — a former CBS News correspondent whose investigations can be read at sharylattkisson.com — said the border problem is too often dismissed as just poor people looking for a better life.

To write it off to, 'well, this is because the economy is bad in those countries and there's violence there,' I think misses the point as to what's really triggering this organized effort,'' she said.

"If we accept there's a humanitarian reason for the children to be here, should we be favoring places that basically have . . . the help of drug cartels versus many children who are in similar situations in countries that don't have drug cartels?

"There are so many questions here that I'm sure some people are trying to address, but haven't been answered.''

Turner also discussed her recent update on the case of the U.S. Marines accused of urinating on Taliban terrorist corpses after a firefight — which was videotaped and posted on YouTube.

She said the case has since collapsed under allegations of "unlawful command influence against the head of the Marine Corps.'' You can read the full story on her website.

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