As the crisis at the United States southern border continues to rage, it's important to investigate what caused the escalation in Del Rio, Texas, and what are its implications.
In mid-September, more than 15,000 predominantly Haitian migrants congregated under a highway bridge in Del Rio, Texas, creating a much publicized humanitarian crisis.
The befuddled border and immigration policy erected by the Biden administration had sent the signal to Americans that the borders were open to all.
For months, starting before President Biden was sworn into office, hordes of migrants from Mexico and Central and South America interpreted Mr. Biden’s campaign rhetoric as a green-light to embark on a criminal and often treacherous and deadly journey to a new life in America. They were encouraged to illegally cross the border and settle in U.S., disregarding our immigration laws.
President Biden’s Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas, took to the news shows to re-iterate the Biden administration’s intent toward the open borders policy, saying, "We are not saying, 'Don’t come,' we are saying, 'Don’t come now,' because we will be able to deliver a safe and orderly process to them as quickly as possible."
Consequently, Mr. Biden’s messaging and policies, in the end, have led to one of the most catastrophic humanitarian crises in contemporary American history.
President Biden’s 2020 campaign page specifically promised to, "take urgent action to undo Trump’s damage and reclaim America’s values" with regard to turning back President Trump’s immigration policy, and to "welcome immigrants in our communities."
Additionally, President Biden, after being sworn into office, issued executive orders immediately rescinding former President Trump’s agreement with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador that kept Central American would-be migrants inside Mexico and terminated the program that directed Central American asylum-seekers to apply for status in their home countries.
Presently, among those seeking illegal entry to the U.S. through the southern border are a high concentration of Haitian migrants, many of whom had fled their native Haiti to find initial refuge in Central and South America.
However, with many South and Central American economies evaporating because of the COVID-induced economic collapse, Haitian refugees, seeking a better life in America felt encouraged to cross the border.
The Haitian masses navigated the treacherous Darien Gap, a pathless, 66-mile stretch of jungle and swamp between Colombia and Panama (topographers identify the Darien Gap as one of the most inhospitable places on the face of the Earth), only to land in the United States where most they could hope for would be to exist in squalor and filth under a viaduct in southern Texas.
Yet, a pinnacle question regarding the Haitians of Del Rio is this: how did so many Haitian migrants make the 700-mile trip across the Caribbean to land on the southern border of the United States?
Many Haitians made their way to South and Central America after being displaced from their homeland by the earthquake of 2010.
Still many more fled their country because of the brutal violence and ubiquitous corruption endemic to that nation’s political system and culture.
But while their reasons for emigration from Haiti were many — and legitimate — the sudden mass migration of Haitian expatriates to the United States may have been planned, funded, and executed, pointing to the possible involvement of the local apparatus able to affect such coordination: the Mexican drug cartels.
The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), heavily bureaucratic, underpowered, overworked, and less supported by the politicians in Washington than in the previous administration, was unprepared to mitigate the arrival of so many migrants at one point of entry, at one time.
This forced the CBP to reassign personnel from checkpoints leaving Laredo, Texas, to Del Rio. By executing this shift — and without additional support from the federal government— the CBP was forced to leave the Laredo corridor unprotected and open to exploitation by the drug cartels that today have expanded their criminal activity to include human trafficking.
The drug cartels, in turn, used an unprotected avenue in Laredo to move drugs and humans, proving demonstrably that the current administration has lost control of the U.S.-Mexico border.
To the point that the Mexican drug cartels are responsible for assembling and facilitating the movement of the Haitian migrants, most of the 15,000-plus Haitians that crossed the Rio Grande River into Del Rio, arrived at Ciudad Acuña and Coahuila, Mexico, in multiple busloads, according to Acuña Civil Protection Chief Carlos Flores.
"They get off buses and go directly to the crossing point. They don’t sit down in the [central] square or look for a shelter . . . they go directly to the crossing point," Flores said.
This observation points to an organized effort to include coordinated movement of thousands of people across Mexico, while distracting American federal authorities by forcing them to respond to the Haitian crisis in Del Rio.
This would lead to a surge of shipments of fentanyl, heroin, methamphetamine, and other drugs, and human trafficking into the United States.
The success of this tactic will undoubtedly result in the drug cartels conducting additional "swarm crossings" at other crossing points to replicate their current success.
Even as the Biden administration and the CBP execute a post mortem on the Haitians-Del Rio event, Panama’s Foreign Minister, Erika Mouynes, is warning that as many as 60,000 additional Haitian migrants are making their way to the US-Mexico Border, with another 27,000 expected to make the Darien Gap crossing this month.
Not only has the politically motivated open borders policy of the Biden administration backfired, it has led to threat level elevation for every community along the U.S. southern border as the drug cartels establish dominance.
Unless our administration admits to the failure of its immigration policy, immediately securing American borders, we risk ceding the border regions to the drug cartels which, in turn, will likely produce a territorial drug wars, influx of contraband narcotics, and increase in human trafficking; this outcome will claim countless lives.
Let’s pray our administration alters its course and secures our borders — and fast.
Yuri Vanetik is a private investor, lawyer and political strategist based in California. Read Yuri Vanetik's Reports — More Here.
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