Border Patrol Union: Drug Cartels Have 'Representatives' in 2,000 U.S. Cities

By Penny Starr | August 1, 2013 | 11:28am EDT

( – In a July 28 letter addressed to “fellow Americans,” the union of former Border Patrol agents called for Congress to deny amnesty to illegal aliens and cited “transnational criminal businesses” that have “representatives” in 2,000 American cities.

A group of illegal immigrants waits to be deported to Mexico at the port of entry in Nogales, Ariz, on July 28, 2010. (AP File Photo/Jae C. Hong)

“Transnational  criminal  enterprises  have  annually  invested  millions  of  dollars  to  create  and  staff  international  drug   and  human  smuggling  networks  inside  the  United  States; thus  it  is  no  surprise  that  they  continue    to  accelerate  their   efforts  to  get  trusted  representatives  in  place  as  a  means  to  guarantee  continued  success,” the letter, distributed via email by Zach Taylor, chairman of  National  Association  of  Former  Border  Patrol  Officers, Inc., stated.

“We must never lose sight of the fact that the United States is the market place for the bulk of transnational criminal businesses engaged in human trafficking and the smuggling, distribution and sale of illegal drugs,” the letter, signed by former agents for the U.S., Canada, Southwest and U.S./Mexico border chapters, stated. “Organized crime on this scale we are speaking about cannot exist without political protection.

“Most heroin, cocaine, meth, and marijuana marketed in the United States is produced outside of our country, and then smuggled into the United States,” the letter stated. “The placement of trusted foreign employees inside the United States is imperative to insure success in continuing to supply the demand, and returning the profits to the foreign organization.

“Members of these vicious transnational crime syndicates are already well established in more than 2,000 American cities and their numbers are increasing as networks expand and demands accelerate,” the letter stated. “These transnational criminals present a real and present danger to all Americans, and they live among us.”

The organization stated in the letter that “sanctuary cities” that allow criminal illegal aliens to live and work with impunity are partly to blame for the U.S. criminal network and urged Congress not to grant amnesty to the estimated 11 million people who are in the country illegally.

“Sanctuary cities established throughout the United States discourage even the most basic law enforcement initiatives within their boundaries against these predatory criminals,” the letter stated. “Encouraged by Congress and a disinterested mainstream news media, these havens deny the American public their constitutional right to national security and public safety while providing relative safety for dangerous foreign criminals.

“Congress must abandon their focus on rewarding illegal behavior for millions of persons by the grant of amnesty in favor of protecting American citizens who suffer daily at the hands of these seasoned criminals,” the letter stated. “To do otherwise makes a mockery of our laws, and encourages countless millions more from around the globe to do the same.

“Transnational organized crime nationwide has flourished under these conditions,” the letter concluded.

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