The number of U.S. citizens smuggling illegal migrants is rapidly increasing. A new video released by journalist Bill Melugin shows how Americans help move illegal migrants into the territory.
The footage shows the chase between Texas Department of Public Safety officers and a vehicle being driven by Americans smuggling five illegal immigrants.
The driver had a gun in his lap and they drove to Del Rio from Austin to smuggle.
“Texas DPS tells me they’ve seen an uptick in U.S. citizens coming to the border from other cities to participate in smuggling,” Melugin explained.
“Cartels advertise heavily on social media through apps like TikTok, offering quick cash to smuggle migrants. They target young people, especially in U.S.,” he noted.
In April, a Fox News report revealed that criminal organizations go as far as offering more than $3,000 per trip for teenagers or young adults to help smuggle migrants arriving at the border.
The method for smuggling illegal migrants
The modus operandi, according to the media outlet, is the posting of a “job” offer on platforms such as TikTok: “2 or 3 drivers are needed to go through a checkpoint.”
The job consists of taking migrants through checkpoints and then to a drop-off location where the migrants are then picked up by “someone trusted by the cartel” to subsequently transfer them to shelters at the border.
According to Fox News, all indications are that the unaccompanied children are used as a “decoy” so that by throwing them over the wall, adult migrants can take advantage and make it across, because they know that the Border Patrol is focused on rescuing the abandoned children.