After the busiest three months at the southern border ever for the Border Patrol, the massive surge of illegal immigration that overextended resources on several levels appears to be abating, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
“Still significant numbers for us in this year, but we have seen significant relief from the high points of where we were from May into June,” Matthew Hudak, the Chief Patrol Officer for the Border Patrol’s Big Bend Sector, told News Radio 1200 WOAI in an interview.
Hudak says there are multiple reasons for the tapering off of the massive flood of illegal immigrants from dozens of nations, and the apparent end of the high profile ‘migrant caravans’ which arrived at the Rio Grande earlier this year.
“The efforts that the Government of Mexico has been doing in Mexico and along their border, and it is also the result of some of the changes we have made on this side of the border in relation to asylum cases,” he said.
Mexico has not only strengthened its border with Guatemala, which was a porous entry point not only from Central Americans bound for the U.S. but the entry point of choice for illegal immigrants from nations ranging from Haiti to Angola. He says Mexico has also cracked down on the convoys, and has not hesitated to arrest and deport would be migrants who are crossing through its territory.
He also cited the Trump Administration’s move to crack down on ‘family fraud,’ in which immigrants would ‘rent a child’ from immigrant smugglers, on the hope that presenting as a ‘family unit’ would lead to rubber stamped release into the U.S. instead of detention and removal.
And Hudak says the surge in illegal immigration was not a natural occurrence. He says every step of the way, the immigration spike has been created by for profit immigrant smuggling cartels, many of them connected to the familiar Mexican drug cartels, who do everything from ‘recruit’ would be immigrants on the streets of Tegulcigalpa and Port-au-Prince, to lying to them about what they will face on the journey to the U.S., and facilitate ‘family fraud’ and other scams designed to aid in getting them into the U.S., all for cash fees of up to $30,000 per person.
“Human smuggling is as profitable if not more profitable than drug smuggling,” Hudak said. “So they will use whatever underhanded tactics work to recruit those aliens,” he said.
But Hudak said the stream of illegal immigrants is by no means over, it has just fallen off its record levels we saw this spring and earlier this summer.