Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan revealed that the cartels controlling the smuggling racket stand to make $2.5 billion this year. Migrants pay anywhere from $5000 to $7000 a person to cross Mexico and get into the United States. They might pay as much as $500 just to set foot into the Rio Grande. (Some sources say the price of admission to the U.S. can be as much as $12,000.)
In his testimony, McAleenan agreed that shifting demographics has caused a massive overload to the immigration system. While in absolute terms, the numbers of migrants today may not be greater than in years past, the makeup has changed dramatically. Earlier groups consisted largely of young male adults. Today, most adults are accompanied by one or more minor children, many of them in need of medical care. Facilities do not exist to handle this demographic, providing the open-borders fanatics in Congress the opportunity to play the shaming card against government officials.
Children kept in “cages.” Children separated from their parents. Families broken up. Appearing before the House Homeland Security Committee yesterday, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was subjected to the phony outrage of Rep. Nanette Barragan (D-CA), who charged, “You have no feelings, no compassion, no empathy here.”
Addressing the “broken families” narrative, Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan pointed out an inconvenient truth: many of the adults claiming to be parents are lying. In recent months, he said, the Border Patrol has identified at least 1,700 cases where adults fraudulently claimed to be parents. Such facts, running counter to their narrative, are ignored by the fanatics.
Instead, the open-borders ideologues in Congress and elsewhere continue to deny there is any crisis and reject all remedies offered by the administration.
“Real border security cannot be achieved by building a wall on the southern border, blocking asylum seekers, or separating children from their parents,” said Rep. Benny G. Thompson (D-MS), chairman of the committee grilling Nielsen.
Then what might achieve “real border security,” Congressman? Answer: silence.