The recent influx of illegal immigrants coming into the country is a boon for the drug cartels as Border Patrol agents have their resources focused on dealing with that crisis, says former Drug Enforcement Administration agent Steve Peterson.
"As our resources focus on that, it takes our eyes off the ball about the cartels and the drug smuggling," Peterson told J.D. Hayworth and John Bachman on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV
"So, they're very excited about it," he added. "They're endorsing this. They're promoting this south of the border to allow them to have freer access to the avenues and smuggling routes that they typically use," he said Monday.
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"While the women and children are going and flagging down Border Patrol to get their attention, to get this amnesty that they believe they deserve, the drug traffickers are going in the opposite direction," Peterson explained.
There have been reports of militias going to the border to offer additional support to the Border Patrol. Peterson says that if they do indeed do something like that, they "are going to encounter more resistance not from traffickers but from our own federal government."
The Obama administration announced on Friday that it plans to send about $100 million to Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras to use to reintegrate the migrants as the United States works to send them back to their countries.
Peterson questioned the move, calling it "absolutely ludicrous."
"This is why we sent our vice president down to Central America to meet with the heads of Guatemala and so forth, so that we could pay them billions of dollars to keep their own people in their own country?"
The former DEA agent said that the money would be better spent taking care of the "homeless and women and children in this country."
"If we really wanted to make a statement, we'd fill the plane loads, we'd fly them back to the countries they came from, and we'd drop them off and say, listen, we're sorry to do this, we know you don't have the resources, we don't have the resources either, but this is your problem, not ours," he told Newsmax.
"You do that a couple of times, that word will get out," Peterson added.
The former DEA agent said that what "the nation should be terrified of" is intelligence he's seen that shows "that cartels are training with terrorist cells in Venezuela."
In addition, Peterson says that "the terrorists are using the cartels to bring them across the borders in the same routes and the same methods that they have been bringing in narcotics and human trafficking."
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