May 23, 2024

Mexican cartels are taking over Indian reservations in U.S. states

Before Congress Tribal leaders expressed alarm at how Mexican drug cartels have rapidly established a foothold on drug trafficking and other criminal activities in their communities, and they literally braved death threats to appear at the hearing

Tribal Leaders Seek Help to Oust Mexican Drug Cartels

Representatives of two tribes in Montana and one from Arizona implored Congress and federal agencies to prioritize the well-being of the citizens in Indian Country.

On April 10, I joined three tribal leaders at a hearing held by the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources to examine the threat to Indian Country communities posed by foreign drug cartels. Those leaders expressed alarm at how Mexican drug cartels have rapidly established a foothold on drug trafficking and other criminal activities in their communities, and they literally braved death threats to appear at the hearing.

Representatives of two tribes in Montana and one from Arizona implored Congress and federal agencies to prioritize the well-being of the citizens in Indian Country by securing the border and providing resources to help them eradicate the cartels. Said Jeffrey Stiffarm, president of the Fort Belknap Indian Community: “It seems like [the feds] are more concerned about the immigrants coming across the border than concerned about what they’re doing here once they get here … and to me more importantly, the first people of this country they’re coming into.”

The Sinaloa cartel in particular has targeted several Indian reservations in northern Montana, including Blackfeet, Rocky Boy’s, Fort Belknap, and Fort Peck, for expansion of their drug-trafficking enterprise. They are attracted primarily by the opportunity of huge profit margins, as fentanyl pills can be sold for as much as $100, compared to three to five dollars in urban areas of the country. Other factors that work in the cartels’ favor are the remote geography, relative scarcity of law enforcement, and jurisdictional complications between tribal police and local and federal authorities.

According to tribal leaders, the cartel operatives can “blend in” to the native communities, and in some cases have “married in” to become embedded in the reservation community and to facilitate the recruitment of street-level dealers, who are often local people who become vulnerable to cartel control through addiction and substance abuse. The tribes have experienced a spike in sex trafficking, child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, and theft that they attribute to the burgeoning drug addiction problem fostered by the cartel. The week before the hearing, two residents of the Rocky Boy’s reservation were killed in what was described as a cartel hit.

Stiffarm stated that the Fort Belknap reservation police deal with cartel-related crime on a daily basis, but they generally have no jurisdiction over non-tribe members, and the cartels know it. Federal authorities, including Border Patrol, ICE, and the FBI are rarely present on these tribal lands. Verlon Jose, chairman of the Tohono O’odham Nation, lamented that “the feds don’t follow their own mandates” to enforce immigration and other federal laws, and that his tribe, which is located on the U.S. southern border, spends half of its law enforcement budget on border-related crime, including investigating everything from the deaths of crossers to stolen property.

The dismantling of border security under Biden policies has enabled foreign drug cartels to expand drug-distribution networks, devastating American communities in the process. This, together with the lucrative human-smuggling and trafficking business, has not only enriched foreign drug cartels to an unprecedented level, but apparently has now emboldened them to import their tactics of intimidation of political leaders to create a safe environment in which to operate. This is a disturbing development, and represents a genuine threat to American civil society.

Federal law enforcement agency leaders need to heed these warnings and act to address the cartel threat. Immigration authorities can be a powerful tool, and tribal police can be a valuable asset and force multiplier toward this end. The Border Patrol and ICE should be directed to explore ways to work with tribal authorities and overcome the jurisdictional issues, including forming multi-jurisdictional task forces and using 287(g) delegation of authority agreements or other types of partnerships to close enforcement authority gaps. In addition, DHS agencies should boost recruitment of tribe members to foster trust and commitment among both federal and tribal partners.

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VIDEO: Dozens of migrants rush past shocked CA beachgoers after speedboat suddenly washes ashore

Dozens of migrants were caught on camera jumping off a speed boat that came ashore a California beach over the weekend and running into the nearby city in what locals are saying is becoming a regular occurrence. Video posted online shows the speedboat racing towards the shore in Carlsbad on Saturday, narrowly missing a nearby surfer.


Dozens of migrants rush past shocked California beachgoers after speedboat suddenly washes ashore in wild video

Video posted online shows the speedboat racing towards the shore in Carlsbad on Saturday, narrowly missing a nearby surfer

Dozens of migrants rush past shocked California beachgoers after speedboat suddenly washes ashore in wild video

Dozens of migrants were caught on camera jumping off a speed boat that came ashore a California beach over the weekend and running into the nearby city in what locals are saying is becoming a regul…

Dozens of migrants were caught on camera jumping off a speed boat that came ashore a California beach over the weekend and running into the nearby city in what locals are saying is becoming a regular occurrence.

Video posted online shows the speedboat racing towards the shore in Carlsbad on Saturday, narrowly missing a nearby surfer.

Almost as soon as it landed, a group of adult migrants were seen jumping off the boat and sprinting towards a row of oceanfront houses.

Dozens of migrants were caught on camera jumping off a speed boat that came ashore a California beach over the weekend and running into the nearby city in what locals are saying is becoming a regular occurrence.

Video posted online shows the speedboat racing towards the shore in Carlsbad on Saturday, narrowly missing a nearby surfer.

Almost as soon as it landed, a group of adult migrants were seen jumping off the boat and sprinting towards a row of oceanfront houses.

“It looked like it was a planned deal,” resident Susan Hargis told KUSI.

The man who filmed the incident also said it “looked like a military exercise,” as he told KGTV he counted 22 people jumping off the speedboat.

“To see it live like that, I mean even police and border patrol said they never caught it live like I did,” the unidentified resident said.

“So to see one coming toward the shore at 40, 45 miles an hour and not turning, it was like a movie… and the lifeguards were just sitting there, so I thought it was a planned, staged event.”

Border Patrol agents were notified by police that the boat came ashore at around 11 a.m. on Saturday, and found an abandoned vessel “consistent with human smuggling,” a spokesperson for the agency told The Post.

No arrests have been made, and an investigation is ongoing, the spokesman added.

But the video came as the San Diego border sector recorded the highest number of encounters in the country over the past week, with 6,997 encounters, KUSI reports.

Between 2020 and 2023, there has also been a 139% increase in human smuggling events.

At the same time, nearly 8,000 people have been apprehended while trying to enter the US illegally through the Pacific Ocean, its coastlines or its inlets, according to Fox News.

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