Despite evidence to the contrary, the Biden administration has been notably reticent to describe the ongoing spike in illegal immigration as a “crisis.”
Nevertheless, FBI Director Christopher Wray recently issued a clear warning that illegal activity by Mexican drug cartels and violent gangs is spilling over into the United States.
“Quite a number of such instances”
As the Daily Wire reported, his remarks came during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday.
Asserting that there is “no question” that violent crime is increasingly moving from Mexico to the U.S., Wray further acknowledged that cartels and gangs play an integral role in smuggling and trafficking migrants across the southern border.
Some migrants receive help making the treacherous journey and end up forced into indentured servitude to pay off their debt to criminal organizations, the FBI chief said.
According to Fox News, Wray’s frank assessment was a response to a direct line of questioning by Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) about cases of foreign nationals who became indebted to cartels and smugglers.
“Certainly, we have seen quite a number of such instances, absolutely,” he admitted.
“A number of human trafficking task forces”
McClintock press further, asking if Wray was aware of cases in which migrants were forced to work off their debts.
“In some cases, definitely,” he replied. “We are pursuing a number of human trafficking task forces, as well as working on certain task forces with [the Department of Homeland Security] to try to address that issue.”
Wray went on to tell the congressman that “there’s no question that the cartel activity on the other side of the border is spilling over in all sorts of ways and you just put your finger on one that is extremely concerning.”
His testimony is just one piece of evidence pointing to the disturbing role of criminal gangs in the ongoing border crisis.
NBC News recently quoted an aid worker at one border encampment who described frequent kidnappings and abuse perpetrated by criminal gangs who used Biden’s welcoming rhetoric to convince migrants that they would be allowed to enter the U.S., adding: “Sadly, we’re the ones that have to tell them that’s not the case.”