The Daily Signal: Cartels Are ‘Abusing’ Asylum Laws, Causing a Human Trafficking ‘Crisis,’ Texas Lawmaker Says
by Rachel del Guidice
A Texas lawmaker says the situation on the southern border is “a real crisis” because human traffickers are exploiting our asylum laws, which he says are “broken.”
“We have a sophisticated enterprise where cartels are profiting by moving people across the border,” Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, said on the fourth installment of the House Freedom Caucus’ new podcast series.
The podcasts are hosted by Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga.
Roy, a first-term lawmaker, said that while traffickers were still moving marijuana, they were also “moving towards human trafficking for profit.”
“We know, talking to Border Patrol,” Roy said, “that in the area in and around the Rio Grande Valley sector, the Gulf Cartel, particularly in Reynosa faction of the Gulf Cartel, will make upwards of $130 million, probably more now this year alone, moving upwards of 400,000 people through that part of the border.”
Roy, 46, who represents Texas’ 21st Congressional District, recently visited the border town of McAllen, Texas, to survey the situation there. The 21st District abuts Austin and San Antonio, but does not share a border with Mexico.