Migrants who try to enter the United States irregularly through the Mexican border are used as decoys to disrupt the Border Patrol by drug cartels, who pass drugs through unmonitored points when the US authorities will stop.
It was announced this Thursday by the head of the Border Patrol, Jason Owens, in a virtual press conference.
“Many times, what they do is try to pass people to places they know we are, and while we are doing that, they are on the other side of the border, passing narcotics. It is something that they do in a normal way,” the US official told Spanish-speaking media.
Owens explained that “the cartels that transmit narcotics and drugs also operate in the matter of transporting people; they operate on both sides; for them, it is only a matter of money.”
The official added that Border Patrol agents give priority to monitoring the regions where migrants travel because their lives may be at risk. “The cartels know that, and they take advantage of it,” he said.
Meanwhile, Blas Nunez-Neto, Undersecretary of Border Policy and Immigration at the Department of Security, explained that the government of Joe Biden still hopes that the US Senate will approve the bipartisan agreement on migration.
He said that this agreement, which was rejected on Wednesday, is necessary so that the US authorities have the resources they need to strengthen the measures they are implementing to address the growing migration.
“We will continue to insist that Congress and the Republican Party stop playing political games and address the problem we have with our immigration laws, which have contributed to what we are seeing at the border,” the official said.
He added that his government continues to “impose serious consequences for people who cross the border illegally.”