Mexican officials bust ‘massive’ migrant smuggling ring

· July 22, 2019  
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Authorities in Mexico announced Monday the discovery of an “industrial-scale migrant smuggling ring” that transported hundreds of migrants in disguised freight trucks.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador described how one tractor-trailer truck was disguised with the logo of a major grocery store chain. But instead of groceries, the truck was carrying about 150 migrants, the Associated Press reports.

’The (grocery) company has filed a complaint, because it was fake, it was camouflage to transport migrants,” Lopez Obrador said.

Last month, Mexico found five trucks carrying 925 migrants disguised with the logos of major companies to avoid detection. The migrants were reportedly transported in inhumane conditions, as air conditioning units installed on the tractor-trailers were not used to provide ventilation to the people being smuggled.

“The biggest concern is that there is going to be a tragedy, that is what we don’t want,” said Lopez Obrador.

This discovery reinforces the point that’s often left out when pundits discuss the border crisis: There are vast criminal networks working to illegally smuggle human beings from Central America to the United States. As long as the border remains unsecured, these criminal networks have an incentive to continue their illegal activity. The worst harm is done to the migrants themselves, who are subjected to dangerous conditions or worse.

While the Left continues to accuse the Trump administration of operating concentration camps, remember that the real human rights abusers are the criminals abusing these people and trafficking them to the United States. And the way to stop them is to enforce United States law.

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Author: Chris Pandolfo

Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.

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