The federal government’s catch-and-release policies are helping the cartels usher more of their migrant clients into American jobs, growing rich in the process, Alejandro Mayorkas’ deputy for border and immigration policy at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Blas Nunez-Neto, has admitted.
According to Nunez-Neto, the amounts of more than $10,000 to $15,000 that the migrants are now routinely paying smuggling organizations to facilitate their journey to the border has turned the process into a lucrative business in which the drug cartels are increasingly becoming a key player.
They not only tax people who transit through their territory but are becoming deeply involved in human smuggling not just in Mexico but also in Colombia and Darien Region, expanding business on their ability to deliver US jobs to their clients.
Nunez-Neto admitted that the asylum court system essentially becomes a proxy legal pathway for migrants to come into the US and work while they’re here since once they’ve filed the requisite asylum paperwork, they are eligible for Employment Authorization.
He also acknowledged that the huge backlog of asylum claims the DHS created incentivizes further migration throughout the region.