Cartels Controlling Southern Border

EL PASO, TEXAS - DECEMBER 22: Immigrants line up to present themselves to U.S. Border Patrol agents after spending the night camped alongside the U.S.-Mexico border fence on December 22, 2022 in El Paso, Texas. A spike in the number of migrants seeking asylum in the United States has challenged local, state and federal authorities. The numbers are expected to increase as the fate of the Title 42 authority to expel migrants remains in limbo pending a Supreme Court decision expected after Christmas.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Officials and locals in Yuma, Ariz., say Mexican cartels that smuggle drugs and people into the United States are effectively in control of the southern border, with one person describing the situation as a “ticking time bomb.”
  • The cartels, which charge as much as $20,000 each to help migrants sneak into the US, have been using the ongoing illegal immigration surge to overwhelm Border Patrol officials as they run their lucrative trafficking operations, ​Yuma County Supervisor Jonathan Lines told Fox News.​
  • “This is not a political discussion,” ​Lines said. “This is a national security issue.”

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