The criminals known as “coyotes” who show no compunction about using other human beings and their suffering/desperation to fill their bank accounts are ratching up their tactics to elude law enforcement authorities on the southern border.
To be fair, back in mid-September, federal authorities made an important bust of their own, which will likely save the lives of many potential victims. They arrested a ring of eight individuals running a human smuggling operation that had trafficked “hundreds” of illegal aliens and migrants, while pocketing over $2 million, according to Fox News.
The operation led by Joint Task Force Alpha produced the arrest of Erminia Serrano Piedra, also known as “Boss Lady,” and seven others who are thought to be contributing to the wave of illegal immigration into the U.S.
In a Tuesday press conference, officials said the eight who are facing charges conspired to illegally transport and shield hundreds of migrants in “dehumanizing” conditions where the threat of serious harm and death was “ever-present,” for a profit of nearly $2.3 million.
“This human smuggling organization operated on an enormous scale, placing a high value on financial profit, while putting migrants’ lives at great risk,” Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Polite, Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division said in a statement.
But in the most recent example of the crackdown, it was Texas state officials who made the bust. And I have serious doubts that the Biden administration would have gotten this done-because of where the smugglers chose to hide the illegals.
Texas authorities halted a vehicle attempting to carry more than 60 illegal immigrants across the border into the U.S. on Monday.
The Texas Department of Public Safety announced the bust on Monday, saying the driver attempted to smuggle the individuals inside a dump truck. The driver has since been arrested and the migrants were turned over to border officials, TDPS spokesman Lt. Chris Olivarez announced on Twitter.
The new Fox News report continues, while also includes authorities’ description of another crafty way the coyotes have been trying to smuggle people-and that they don’t have the resources or manpower to stop it:
Images from the scene show dozens of migrants, all young males, climbing out of the back of a dump truck.
“We’re seeing an increase,” Olivarez said of human smuggling attempts by plane. “It’s started to become more common. But … these are small, private airports. They’re not using the larger airports where there’s TSA. These are the smaller airports where you don’t have the security measures in place for private planes. It’s kind of hard to … do surveillance at every single airport.”
Even so, the Lone Star state makes a statement and sets an example by managing to stop this wily scheme by the criminals in its tracks. Joe Biden and his administration could pick up some tips here.