The United States is grappling with an escalating crisis at its southern border, as waves of migrants from across the globe continue to flood into the country.
This situation has become a significant challenge for the Biden administration, which appears to be struggling to find effective solutions.
The government previously relied heavily on Title 42 to swiftly eject individuals from the country. However, the absence of penalties led to migrants repeatedly attempting to cross the border, thereby inflating the statistics.
In the days leading up to the end of Title 42, border agents were encountering an alarming 10,000 migrants per day, with 27,000 migrants in custody at one point.
Totally agree we need to send a Message to the Cartel and the Mexican President that this crap has to end now…Special forces would be a good idea, we all know the Mexican President is taking bribes from the Cartel to operate at the border as well. https://t.co/bYC6HyPeCX
— Rick Voorhees (@KidKohls72) March 16, 2023
The expiration of Title 42 saw a sharp decline in these numbers, but the issue remains far from resolved. The cartels, believed to be behind the growing fentanyl crisis in the U.S., are also implicated in human trafficking.
Fentanyl seizures at the southern U.S. border have skyrocketed in recent years, rising from just 10.7 kg in 2014 to around 8,400 kg in 2022. This drug crisis has resulted in almost 80,000 Americans dying from opioid-related overdoses in 2022 alone, with fentanyl being the primary culprit.
Amid this chaos, there are growing calls for the U.S. military to intervene. High-profile Republicans, including former President Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, have promised military action to tackle the migrant crisis and the cartels.
Trump even referred to the border crossings as an ‘invasion’ and pledged to deploy thousands of foreign-based troops to the border if reelected.
RFKjr said, "The Mexican drug cartels are driving American border policy." When there's a lack of American leadership, it leaves a void, and that void is always filled by bad actors. Trump would get Mexico to agree to the US military, destroying the cartels once and for all.
— Jericho (@JerichoXVI) September 25, 2023
However, the current administration seems to be scrambling for solutions.
While thousands of national guardsmen are already supporting Border Patrol agents, their roles are largely administrative. This allows Customs and Border Protection officers to deal with migrants directly, but it does not address the root of the problem.
The situation is further complicated by the fact that many migrants are victims of elaborate multi-billion dollar human trafficking schemes run by drug cartels.
The influx of migrants crossing the border illegally is directly linked to these operations. In Eagle Pass, Texas, a state of emergency has been declared due to the overwhelming number of people crossing the Rio Grande into the town.