Mexican government officials are deeply concerned by President Joe Biden’s radical immigration policies. As I have written, these Biden policies that overturned President Trump’s far stricter rules have already provoked a massive surge in illegal migration to the United States. 100,000 illegal migrants were detained on the border in February alone by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the highest number in 15 years.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said of Biden: “They see him as the migrant president, and so many feel they’re going to reach the United States.”
Not only are Biden’s policies creating another severe border crisis that Biden refuses to acknowledge, Reuters reported this week that Mexico is “worried the new U.S. administration’s asylum policies are stoking illegal immigration and creating business for organized crime.”
Specifically, according to reports, Mexican intelligence has found that the cartels are “diversifying methods of smuggling and winning clients as they eye Biden’s measures that will ‘incentivize migration.’”
The Daily Wire noted from the Reuters report that:
The Mexican cartels changed their modus operandi “from the day Biden took office” and are now showing “unprecedented” levels of sophistication in their criminal activity, which includes “briefing clients on the latest immigration rules, using technology to outfox authorities, and disguising smuggling operations as travel agencies.” The smugglers communicate with the migrants on numerous social media channels to update them on “impending checkpoints, when freight trains they can jump on pass, where to stay and how to navigate immigration laws.”
Those trying to enter the U.S. are now traveling in smaller groups and are taking less traveled routes to avoid detection, routes the report said were even more dangerous than the other ones.
The smugglers are telling the migrants to go to their local authorities and make complaints that they have been the victims of crime that way they can apply for asylum in the U.S. and the migrants are being told to bring children so it is easier for them to apply for asylum.
To ease their passage, smugglers advise Central American clients to register complaints with authorities saying they have been victims of extortion or, for young men, that they have faced death threats from street gangs, the assessments show.
As global coronavirus travel restrictions lessen, Mexican officials are also concerned that “there could be a significant influx in migrants from outside the region – the Caribbean, Asia, Africa and the Middle East,” adding to the already dangerous and volatile mix.
And ironically, or hypocritically, notes Reuters, even “as Mexicans hail Biden’s cancellation of work on Trump’s border wall,” some Mexican officials say it is time Mexico builds its own “wall” along its southern border with Guatemala. Though, rather than calling it a wall, they euphemistically refer to it as “improving the infrastructure” on their border. ADN