Following his recent trip to the U.S.-Mexico border, House Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.) said the weak policies of the Biden-Harris administration were allowing the cartels to make about $5 billion a year in human trafficking, and that "they need to reverse their policies immediately."
On Fox & Friends, June 7, Rep. Donalds strongly criticized Vice President Kamala Harris recent trip to Mexico and Guatemala.
"The answers aren’t down there in Guatemala because the cartel is actively recruiting," said Donalds. "They’re making about $5 billion this year trafficking people across our southern border. And so you don’t have to go down to Guatemala to know what’s actually going on."
"What’s going on is the administration’s weak policies allow the cartels to make billions of dollars," said Donalds. "It’s that simple."
"If it’s hard for the cartel to make money they’re not going to allow people to be trafficked across our border," said the representative. "If the cartel does not allow for people to be trafficked across our border, Border Patrol will not be overwhelmed and we can secure our border."
"So it starts with this president and it starts with our vice president," said Donalds. "They need to reverse their policies immediately."
Apprehensions at the southwest border in 2021 have increased dramatically under President Biden. In January, there were 78,443 apprehensions; February, 101,120; March, 173,348; and in April, 178,622.
For comparison, under President Trump in January 2020, border apprehensions were 36,585; February, 36,687; March, 34,460; and in April 17,106.