Cartels make billions from Biden’s border crisis and lead migrants to the US through “a graveyard”

El Paso nonprofit directors have witnessed a humanitarian crisis at the southern border as cartels take advantage of migrants trying to reach the U.S.

Cartel Members prey on vulnerable migrants who are desperate to reach America. They view them as products that they can exploit, either for money or sex.

Nicole Reulet is the director of marketing for Rescue Mission of El Paso. She said, “When [migrants] are traveling through, they come across a lot of cartels and mafia who take advantage of them. They don’t view them as human beings but as commodities to be moved around and profited from.” It’s a real humanitarian crisis.

She added, “It is much larger than downtown El Paso.” “It is much larger than the rescue mission.” It’s bigger than Texas. “It’s a national problem.”

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John Martin, the director at the Opportunity Center for the Homeless of El Paso has also seen the crisis.

He said that some people prey on those who are most vulnerable. This is what we need to avoid.

span Data-v-1fd77e21 =””>Migrants gather downtown El Paso before Title 42 expires in May. (Megan Myers/Fox News Digital)



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In recent years, the cartels have seen their lucrative operations of smuggling immigrants across the U.S. – Mexico border skyrocket. According to Homeland Security Investigations, the illicit industry generated $13 billion by July 2022. This is up from $500 millions in 2018.

According to the directors of the nonprofit, cartels exploited desperate migrants by increasing fees on their dangerous journeys. Some migrants who can’t pay the fees are forced to sell drugs or repay their debt by other means.

Reulet stated that if you cannot pay the price, either you or someone else will be killed.

Reulet has provided shelter to many migrants. Many of them have traveled through the Darien Gap in Panama, a dangerous 66-mile stretch. Reulet was told by one migrant that he began the section with 900 people, but only ended up with 400.

Reulet claims cartels exploit migrants, especially during their treacherous journey across the Darien Gap. (Getty Images)



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Reulet stated that “that jungle is basically just a large graveyard.” “There are many things that can go wrong, and the cartel is in charge of it.”

Reulet stated that some cartel members had killed, raped, or assaulted migrants on the Darien Gap journey. Reulet was shown a video by a migrant of her family being murdered with machetes.

Reulet stated that “it was horrific but it’s not unusual for migrants to pass through.” There are a lot kids who’ve seen their parents killed or raped right in front of them. It’s a big psychological factor.”

Reulet said migrants could face brutal treatment by cartels on their journey to America. (Megan Myers/Fox News Digital)

Karla Jacinto , a victim of human trafficking, told Fox News that she had been raped over 40,000 times in Mexico during a four-year period.

Reulet stated that “these migrants are traumatized, and they have trust issues of the highest order.” It takes a great deal of trust on their part to enter a van and go to a shelter. That’s how desperate these migrants are. “They have to be very careful about every decision that they make, because they are very uncertain and vulnerable due to what they’ve experienced.”




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The journey itself is dangerous for migrants, in addition to the brutality of the cartels and their abuse.

Martin says that cartels take advantage of vulnerable migrants as they travel to the border between the U.S. and Mexico. He claims they charge a fee to transport them.

Reulet stated, “Many people have given up so much to come here.” They’ve sacrificed weeks, limbs and sometimes even lives. Many people try to reach here but don’t succeed.

According to Panamanian officials, in the first seven month of 2023, migrants have crossed the Darien Gap at a record rate, with almost 250,000 migrants.

Biden administration pointed out a sharp decline in migrant interactions after Title 42 ended. There were less than 145,000 encounters with migrants in June compared to almost 208,000 encounters last June. In July however, the numbers increased again. This led the Biden administration send more Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to the southern borders.

After Title 42 was repealed, two El Paso border shelter managers say that their shelters remain at or above capacity.

Even during the drop in crossings, both nonprofit directors reported that their shelters were at or above capacity.

Martin stated that the migration issue we are seeing along the southern border was a national one. “Communities along the border, like El Paso… we are just at the front doorstep.”




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Martin told Fox News that he had a gut feeling the country was on the brink of another border crisis.

He said, “The solution must be a focus on the national level.” “We need to see other communities step up.”

Click here to hear from the directors of El Paso’s shelters.

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