Drug Cartels Control America’s Southern Border
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris may refuse to acknowledge there is a border crisis, but federal agents took more than 171,000 migrants into custody last month. That is the largest monthly total in 20 years, and a remarkable 218 percent increase since President Donald Trump left the White House. And unlike past migrant surges predominantly made up of Central American families and unaccompanied children, 6 out of 10 migrants apprehended since Biden took the White House have been single adults.
Border Patrol agents say the majority of the single adults they apprehend are men who say they are looking for work such as picking produce, roofing and dishwashing. But an unknown number of them are also members of or being used by drug cartels. According to retired U.S. Marshal Robert Almonte, drug cartels control “all of the activity” on the border.
“It used to be just smuggling drugs, but they’re into everything …. You have what you call gatekeepers there that control everything,” he told Fox & Friends. “Cartels are heavily involved in human smuggling because they’re making a lot of money. They’ve been doing that for a while, and now they’ve increased their activities there.”
On March 30, U.S. Customs and Border Protection released a video of a smuggler dropping two toddlers from Ecuador, a 5-year-old and a 3-year-old, from the top of a 14-foot border barrier, stranding them in the desert.
Drug cartels make an estimated $18 billion to $39 billion from drug sales in the United States each year, but a migrant crisis can really boost their smuggling revenue. “Right now, it’s a boom. It’s a boom for them—it’s huge,” Hidalgo County Sheriff J.E. Guerra told the New York Post. “Anywhere from $1,000 to $1,500 for every single body.”
The Biden administration has tried to blame the border crisis on President Trump’s decision to cut financial aid to Central American countries that deliberately sent criminals to the U.S., but Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador knows who is really to blame: He says that Joe Biden’s asylum policies are encouraging illegal immigration and human trafficking along the border with the United States.
“They see him as the migrant president, and so many feel they’re going to reach the United States,” President Lopez Obrador said. “We need to work together to regulate the flow, because this business can’t be tackled from one day to the next.”
Since about 20 percent of Mexico’s 760,000 square miles of territory are under the control of criminal cartels, López Obrador is right to be concerned about Biden administration policies enriching and encouraging human traffickers. A majority of Americans are also concerned. According to an Associated Press–norc Center for Public Affairs Research poll, 55 percent of Americans say they disapprove of how Biden is handling the migrant crisis.
One migrant camp was spotted flying a Biden campaign flag; an influx of votes for Democrats explains why many Democrats are willing to turn a blind eye to the border crisis and encourage more immigrants to come. But unless America starts enforcing immigration laws and sending illegal immigrants back to their home countries, thousands of people will pay drug cartels $1,000 to be smuggled into a U.S. border facility that does not have enough beds and food for the people already there. The U.S. government will be pressured into granting these immigrants asylum, and the cycle will repeat, importing the Second World and the Third World into the United States.
As shocking as that scenario sounds, some of America’s enemies actively want it to happen.
Geopolitical analyst Peter Zeihan has noted how the drug trade is a way U.S. adversaries can attack America without starting a war. “[E]ven if every country in South America were run by anti-American governments, it would not overly concern Washington; these states, alone or en masse, lack the ability to threaten American interests … in all ways but one,” he wrote in 2008. “The drug trade undermines American society from within, generating massive costs for social stability, law enforcement, the health system and trade.”
These “massive costs” to social stability, law enforcement and health care equal about 5 percent of America’s gross domestic product, according to addiction psychiatry specialist Dr. Indra Cidambi. Yet the strategic threats of the drug trade go beyond economic losses. As drug cartels turn Mexico into a failed state, they are posing a territorial threat to the United States.
“In many regards, Mexico as a failed state would be a worse result for Washington than a hostile, united Mexico,” Zeihan continued. “A hostile Mexico could be intimidated, sanctioned or even invaded, effectively browbeaten into submission. But a failed Mexico would not restrict the drug trade at all. The border would be chaos, and the implications of that go well beyond drugs. One of the United States’ largest trading partners could well devolve into a seething anarchy that could not help but leak into the U.S. proper.”
America’s southern border is now a seething anarchy. And the most powerful leaders in America are rapidly making it worse.
Herbert W. Armstrong explained in his book The United States and Britain in Prophecy that the Anglo-Saxon peoples who settled the U.S. and Britain descended from the ancient Israelites. This astonishing truth means that the Bible’s end-time prophecies about Israel are directed largely at the Americans and the British.
In one prophecy, God likens Israel to a hedged vineyard. It has been protected to the north, south, east and west. But because of the people’s sins, God warns, “… I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up; and break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down” (Isaiah 5:5).
This description of a hedged vineyard fits no nation better than the United States.
The U.S. is protected on the west by the world’s largest ocean and the Rocky Mountains. It is protected on the north by the Arctic tundra and the friendly nation of Canada. It is protected on the east by the world’s second-largest ocean and the Appalachian Mountains. It is protected on the south by the Chihuahuan Desert and the largely friendly nation of Mexico. Protected within these natural fortifications is the Mississippi Basin, the world’s largest contiguous expanse of arable land. But now the hedge on America’s southern border is being destroyed, from outside and from within.
A future Trump administration may try to clamp down on border security, but the only permanent solution is for Americans to turn from their sins and toward the God who protected them and gave them their unparalleled blessings in the first place. The only real solution to border security is repentance toward God.