The New York Times reported that the cartel’s earnings are roughly $13 billion.
According to Big League Politics, human smuggling revenue skyrocketed from $500 million in 2018, showing that cartels have been able to redouble their efforts in the last few years.
This does not include revenue from drug smuggling.
According to congressional testimony from the Acting Director of U.S. Immigrants and Customs Enforcement in 2021, cartels are using teams “specializing in logistics, transportation, surveillance, stash houses and accounting” to maximize profits.
Oklahoma Senator James Lankford raised this issue at the America First Agenda Summit, voicing concerns about the revenues of cartels regionally.
Lankford, a Republican, claimed that cartels based in Southern Texas are making $150 million every week through their human trafficking work. Lankford also pointed out that the Biden administration has largely turned a blind eye to the leaky border issue it created.
Cartels are profiting from Biden’s open border policies while Americans suffer.— Mike Rogers (@RepMikeRogersAL) July 27, 2022
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