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EXCLUSIVE: An internal Customs and Border Protection (CBP) document from late last year warned of the “significant security implications” of the end of the Title 42 public health order – all also noting that criminal organizations control “large swaths” of Central America.
The document, from a lawsuit between Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody and the Biden administration, is an overview of the Southwest border situation released in December.
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In the document, he warns that the main factors drawing migrants to the border include economic opportunity, political instability, fear of violence and educational opportunities, as well as perceptions of US immigration policy.
He notes that smuggling networks are “very active in promoting the flow of migrants through Mexico, as drug trafficking organizations maintain control of major trafficking corridors to the United States.”
“The control of these corridors by drug trafficking organizations allows them to regulate the flow of migrants and charge migrants a ‘tax’ or a ‘piso’ for the right to pass through the corridors”.
The document also warns that “vast swaths of the region exist where government control is limited or non-existent due to transnational criminal organizations (TCOs); notably the border regions of northern Guatemala, eastern Honduras and several rural areas of Mexico, some of which have created militias for self-defense.
The document also refers to the potential end of Title 42 – a public health order used since March 2020 to quickly deport a majority of migrants at the southern border due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Biden administration plans to lift the order on May 23.
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The administration has acknowledged that this will likely lead to a significant increase in the number of migrants crossing the border, in numbers even higher than the already historic numbers observed by authorities. But he said he had a plan in place to deal with the flow, including greater use of accelerated withdrawal and more resources.
The CBP document warns that there are risks in terminating the order.
“Yes [CBP’s Office of Field Operations] is unable to continue suspending the entry of covered migrants into the United States pursuant to the CDC order (Title 42), there are significant security implications,” it says.
The document also says that the Biden administration’s pause on a number of Trump-era policies, including “Remain in Mexico” and cooperation agreements on asylum – as well as the limited acceptance by the Mexico of Returning Migrants – has impaired the ability of border patrol. deport illegal immigrants via title 42.
The document also outlines what Border Patrol is doing to achieve “operational control” of the border, including deploying resources to “detect, identify, classify, deter and interdict priority threats to national security, border security and public safety” — while maintaining what he calls the “safe, lawful and orderly” treatment of migrants.
Moody, in a statement to Fox, called the paper a “shocking discovery.”
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This contradicts what the Biden administration has told the American people and shows that Mexican drug cartels are taking advantage of the mass migration of unchecked immigrants to fund increased border violence,” she said. .
“We are in the midst of a national opioid crisis and the deadliest drugs are being smuggled into our country from Mexico. President Biden knows this, but he continues to double down on his terrible immigration policies, knowing full well that these policies are emboldening and rewarding for the drug cartels themselves who profit from the deaths of thousands of Americans.”
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