The US Mexico agreement to enable asylum seekers to stay in Mexico for the duration of their claims is moving forwards despite recent opposition from activists. Mexico will benefit from President Trump’s decision to allow 30,000 seasonal workers into the country. Senator Tom Cotton though critical of this decision that he says “forces Americans to compete for jobs against non-citizens who drag down wages,” recently laid out part of the new immigration system as a high-skilled merit based system designed to fill employment gaps in US labor markets. This is a smart plan that will bring urgently needed computer scientists, doctors, engineers, and other high-skilled professionals into the US and US based companies. This is an integral part of economic development that also requires the tightening of porous borders to minimize illicit trafficking threat. The senator said that triple the number of democrats from last month are now recognizing the crisis on the border.
Tightening porous borders and including immigration reform is trending globally. Upon Abu Bakr-Baghdadi’s interest in Southeast Asia, the new wing known as the Katibah Nusantara extension of ISIS recruited some 1,000 fighters in 2014 causing Asian countries to tighten border security from migrant fighters and illicit trafficking including weapons flows. “Weak border security allows for neighboring states to act as safe havens for terrorist organizations” and contributes to the “criminal industry in Southeast Asia [that] is worth upwards of US$100 billion.” In Nigeria where there are about 70% of West Africa’s illegal firearms according to a report from the UN Regional Center for Peace and Disarmament. Nigeria’s Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. (rtd) Abdulrahman Dambazau describes the crisis as a “relationship between the proliferation of small arms and light weapons, porous borders, and drug abuse on the one hand, and the escalation of terrorism, herders/farmers clashes, militancy and other violent crimes on the other hand.” The crisis in Venezuela has continued to dislodge people from their homes and jobs.
All of this chaos has been good for drug-trafficking cartels and other criminal organizations exploiting the US-Mexico border. CBP officials say caravan mixes of nationals from all regions including Asia, Africa, and Latin America are sent to some checkpoints as decoys for large trafficking operations elsewhere along miles and miles of undefended areas. Another 80 miles of wall construction is being funded with a transfer of $1.5 billion from the Pentagon approved by Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan.
While the future of U.S. foreign policy and worldwide military involvement in the long-run may seem obscure and uncertain, if you know where and what to look for, you may be able to foresee the future as far as ten to twenty years ahead. Look no further than LOGCAP V, otherwise known as Logistics Civilian Augmentation Program-Phase 5, the U.S. government’s next multi-billion dollar contract award plan to get the military where it needs to go. If you follow these precursors, you can draw a pretty accurate picture of future U.S. involvement in the world. The way we look ahead is by figuring out where the federal government plans to spend the right amount of resources, then draw conclusions and perform analysis as to why.
Understanding how the government operates, what it’s long-term objectives are and how decisions are made requires a unique insight one only gets from having been inside the system itself. After multiple delays since 2018, the results of the fifth phase was finally announced in April 2019, to the tune of $82 billion over the next decade. The U.S. Army Sustainment Command, headquartered in Rock Island Armory, Illinois oversees the LOGCAP program and awarded 3 of the 7 contracts to longtime contracting partner KBRwyle. Their history goes back to the early days of Operation Desert Storm and their engagement peaked in 2003 at the dawn of Operation Iraqi Freedom during LOGCAP III. The latter program mobilized the largest civilian workforce into warzones in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Awarded to KBR as a no-bid, cost-plus contract from the Bush administration, it was said that KBR received the contract because it was the only company large enough to handle a project of such unprecedented magnitude. Many argued that Vice President Dick Cheney’s company received the contract exclusively due to his connection to the company as Chief Executive. At any rate, LOGCAP’s 4th phase brought about change. With the Obama administration now in office, increased government oversight and competition were introduced. This opened the platform for companies such as DynCorp, CACI, TITAN and Flour Daniels to get involved.
“LOGCAP V contracts will be capped at $82 billion spanning 10 years, said Jerome Jastrab, project manager, Acquisition Integration & Management Center, ASC headquarters.”
On October 20, 2017, the U.S. Army Contracting Command announced their intention to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP V) logistical support services in support of the U.S. Military worldwide. The full list of services provided by LOGCAP V includes, but is not limited to:
Setting the Theater
Base Camp Services
Other Logistics and Sustainment Support Services
Welfare and Recreation Services
The U.S. Government (USG) intends to award a minimum of four, and up to six, Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts to offerors whose proposals are determined to be the most beneficial to the Government. The LOGCAP V basic IDIQ contracts will consist of an initial five-year ordering period and options for five additional one-year ordering periods.
The estimated maximum dollar amount is $82,000,000,000.00 for all awards for the 10 year contract terms.
By way of context, the previous LOGCAP programs had the following “estimated maximum dollar amount[s]”:
LOGCAP I (1992): $815 million
LOGCAP II (1997): $42 million
LOGCAP III (2001): $38.5 billion
LOGCAP IV (2008): $150 billion
So, while LOGCAP V is slated to be smaller than the LOGCAP IV, the estimated maximum amount awarded remains far more than what was awarded in LOGCAPs I – III combined. The current breakdown for the LOGCAP V award is as follows:
PAE-Parsons Global Logistics Services, LLC is one of the award recipients and is hereby awarded Basic Contract W52P1J-19-D-0047 and the following task orders.
– SOUTHCOM Setting the Theater Task Order and associated Performance Task Order: $34,596,500.37
Fluor Intercontinental, Inc. is one of the award recipients and is hereby awarded Basic Contract W52P1J-19-D-0046 and the following task orders.
– AFRICOM Setting the Theater Task Order and associated Performance Task Order: $137,222,537.90
Vectrus Systems Corporation is one of the award recipients and is hereby awarded Basic Contract W52P1J-19-D-0045 and the following task orders.
– PACOM Setting the Theater Task Order and associated Performance Task Order: $349,187,574.26
– CENTCOM Setting the Theater Task Order and associated Performance Task Order: $1,033,582,366.79
Kellogg Brown & Root Services, Inc. is one of the award recipients and is hereby awarded Basic Contract W52P1J-19-D-0044 and the following task orders.
– EUCOM Setting the Theater Task Order and associated Performance Task Order: $183,304,831.67
– NORTHCOM Setting the Theater Task Order and associated Performance Task Order: $393,988,697.66
As predicted, companies who responded to the government’s Request For Proposal but did not receive an award began a protest, leading with contracting giant DynCorp, who filed the protest on the morning of April 25, 2019. It is unlikely that the proceedings will have any bearing on the outcome as the approval process goes through multiple phases and redundancies before a decision is reached. The projected transition date for LOGCAP V is September 2019.
The interesting allocation of funds to Afghanistan shows that the United States plans to maintain a presence there for at least another decade, even if only in an advisory role. While the Trump Administration has stated that the United States has no interest in fighting needless, long-term wars, the earmarking of $1.3 billion shows different plans to keep the region stable.
NORTHCOM and PACOM are support roles with similar budgets, asserting that they will have similar program life spans. EUROCOM is essentially a staging ground for the Middle East operations in order to push assets through Iraq, Afghanistan and until recently, Syria. In addition to this, a U.S. military presence also serves as a deterrent from Russian aggression toward Eastern Europe.
SOUTHCOM, which includes South America, is a curious bag, in that it received an inconspicuous $35 Million award designated to PAE-Parsons, a relatively new contractor whose strategic acquisition prior to the Request For Proposal allowed for this win. Since this is a Setting The Theater contract, it leads one to wonder how many bases and where are projected. A safe bet would be in Columbia near the Venezuelan border, possibly 2-3 small bases. The signals for military intervention in Venezuela are pretty clear, and this contract award solidifies it.
With ISIS nearly destroyed, the terrorist organization had no choice but to move outside the region. Flour Intercontinental received a sizable contract award for AFRICOM which is where most of the ISIS ‘fighters’ have fled. The $138 Million investment shows a solid level of U.S. commitment in the region for both humanitarian and military operations.
Given that these earmarks represent only a fraction of the $82B budget, there is good indication these Setting the Theater contracts will likely endure and transition into Operations & Maintenance contracts in the future.
The Mueller report finding President Trump innocent of collusion with the Russian Federation’s interference in the 2016 election provides a clear picture of the Russian influence operation but how has the cat and mouse game changed since. Russian intelligence during the 2016 campaign season was able to successfully use social media platforms to engage Trump supporters including Facebook and Twitter even while these social media companies in cooperation with Google were suppressing content and communications to secure Hillary Clinton’s presidency. Such influence operations by the left and DNC may have contributed to the Russian decision to interfere in the 2016 election. You know it’s bad when DC corruption proves too great even for the Russians. Essentially, the democrats failed twice. First on the influence operation to win the election and second, to blame the Russian conspiracy on their opponent, President Trump. Let’s reconstruct what happened, as the stakes have only gotten more dangerous for the 2020 election.
Washington Examiner previously released a detailed account of how the information space was being controlled by Google, Yahoo, and social media companies in the run up to the 2016 election. We know from the recent release of the Mueller Report how Russia countered this. Both psyops, the liberal’s and the Russian’s, illegally influenced the 2016 election. Former employees of Facebook acting as news “curators” reported having routinely suppressed news about conservatives in May 2016 and only permitting news on Facebook’s platform that showed competing liberal narratives on the same topic. Any news from Breitbart or Newsmax for example was countered with the alternate liberal narrative push of CNN, BBC, New York Times, and more. Other whistleblowers have come forward with similar work experiences at other big tech companies. The damage to the 2016 election was considered “incalculable” given the power social media giants have over network television bias that could only influence the vote by a 4-6 point advantage. For this reason, they have been termed the “gatekeepers” by Frank Foer writer at The Atlantic. In the case of the Mueller report however, the real gatekeepers turned out to be a foreign power, Russia. Russia who was also fighting ISIS in Syria and there remains many unanswered questions about the relationship between the Obama administration and ISIS.
Facebook and Twitter went on to hire the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) to make the social media platforms sharia-compliant. A CAIR official recently in 2019 posted this using one such platform.
Jinan Shbat, the national outreach manager for CAIR tweeted, “You should burn in hell along with Israel” in response to the Emirati cycling team during a training event in Israel. CAIR is affiliated with Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood, and the United Arab Emirates designated CAIR as a terrorist entity in 2014. The organization boasts having groomed 200 Muslims to run for office in the 2020 US election.
Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have long been used as recruiting platforms for ISIS, al-Qaeda, and other terrorist organizations sporting radical Islamic propaganda and using private messaging tools to recruit, radicalize, and administrate active cells between western countries and conflicts in the Middle East, and attacks globally in some cases over a period of years with no interruption from social media companies. Though these companies have publicly declared to be making their platforms safer and more secure, the role of CAIR demonstrates the exact opposite.
Facebook employees do not appear immune from the influence operations themselves. Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg wrote, “I want HRC to win badly” in an email to Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta included in the leaked documents by WikiLeaks. It appears one of the Podesta brothers was offered immunity in the Russian investigation that found democrats and top levels of the FBI responsible for the fake dossier generated in the effort to impeach President Trump. Sandberg who contributed financially to Clinton’s campaign also wrote about working to elect “the first woman president” from an official executive Facebook position.
Google employees were also wooed into the progressive movement to interfere in the political process. A study conducted by the Campaign for Accountability revealed that “250 people shuttled from government service to Google or vice versa during the Obama administration” forming “deep links” between Google and the Obama administration. 31 Google executives were integrated into White House positions including federal advisory boards and 22 for White House officials were integrated into Google. This directly influenced the employee experience. A former Google employee recalls his experience at the company where he was directly exposed to political doctrine carefully crafted with appealing recreational enticements on the company’s dime:
Google also provided the Clinton campaign with tangible assets such as the use of company jets and financial contributions. Yet, its employees do not boast of high paying salaries, but rather their ability to impact society. A common slogan championing the employee experience goes, “People don’t work at Google for the money. They work at Google because they want to change the world!” Indeed, Google employees have changed the world. A recent joint military operation of Iran’s regime used Google’s facial recognition technology with Chinese support to capture CIA assets inside Iran. The mission was a success for Iran’s government. A classic maneuver in the indoctrination process is to separate the subject from outside influences that might impose competing ideology. The Google environment pressures a life of isolation according to former employees, “my experience was that the people who spent all their time at Google were the ones that ended up on the sexier projects or in charge of things.” Sexier projects like interfering in a presidential election. Employees with more world experience found themselves challenged by Google’s management to weed them out in favor of younger candidates. Another former Google employee described, “but the old-timers certainly felt like they had to have tough interviews, and in many cases tough equated to things like trivia questions or brain teasers, neither of which are completely relevant to what people were being interviewed for.”
Automation is also displacing human elements in the content curating processes at Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Amazon. These companies hired the cyber company Fire-Eye which had previously bought out Mandiant to the build means and methods of controlling the content and accounts on their platforms. Mandiant which was also hired to investigate the Russian matter and found no collusion between the Russian intelligence operation and President Trump further developed content policing capabilities. Following the 2016 election result, it was anticipated by Patrick Hynes that “social media companies would double down on their support for Democrats in the 2020 election.” With the help of Fire-Eye, these companies in the name of safeguarding the platforms from foreign influence, began to use machine learning, tracking and monitoring of IPs, ISPs, keywords, and other triggers to locate fake accounts, remove users, and control the information presented on their platforms. Hynes also predicted “the social media companies will engage in full-scale censorship with the approval or rejection of advertising content in the next presidential election.” This has also contributed to the growing blacklist of banned users.
In the name of national security, or something like it, Google recently blacklisted The Western Journal. A recently leaked document from the company details part of the process:
Ares, the god of war, program in tandem with the Good Neighbor Policy, symbolizing the political language of non-interference historically pertaining to policy on Cuba, is in part how the deviation has occurred from debugging Russian influence on the platform to neutralizing political opponents inside the U.S. The company has also tried other means to impose its influence such as sponsoring the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). When convincing employees under Google’s Senior Director of U.S. Public Policy, Adam Kovacevich coached, “I want to be clear that we don’t agree with those things, right?… We abhor and rebuke the offensive things that are said at the conference. Those things obviously don’t align with Google’s values and our approach.” Employees of Google claimed CPAC promoted “hate” and “ethno-nationalism” both branded terms of the progressive movement and possible psychological programming. Google has taken up other democrat agenda holy wars such as open borders that promote human trafficking. The company spent $417m on lobbying against a bill to penalize tech companies that promote sex trafficking.
Jochum Shore & Trossevin PC, republican lobbyists, represented another attempt to use conservatives to fight conservative issues as part of Google’s role on capitol hill. “If we want policymakers to help us when we have a bad bill or a regulation pending, we have to build relationships with them ahead of time. I think part of our work in the DC office and across all of our team is building relationships not just with the people in power but also with the people who influence them” is the official statement of the company and sex trafficking represents a “bad bill.” There automated AI and immense drone-like employee power can capture any unwanted content and win Hillary Clinton the popular vote but nothing in the warlord’s arsenal, Ares, that curbs sex trafficking. This trafficking industry is also used to smuggle other illicit items of terrorism across open and under-defended borders such as narcotics and weapons related materials, terror finance, and Transnational Organized Crime. It is as much a digital war as it is a global ground war and involves state-level patrons of big tech.
As it stands now, the information space is being divided up into spheres of influence as the 2020 election draws near. Both Google and Twitter recently announced deals made with the Trump Administration. However, Facebook, Amazon and others remain in the cradle of corruption. Their boastful support for terrorism and assistance to foreign military operations should be met with sanctions and other criminal charges. Universities and many other non-profits parading as educational or charitable institutions that have associated with radicalization programs should be ineligible for grant funding from the U.S. and also hit with sanctions for supporting terrorism globally. With issues such as stability in the Middle East, border security and immigration, and ongoing relations with China and Russia central to demands on both sides, and the information war armed with cyber weapons, the stage is set for a winner takes all scenario.
The two-year saga known as ‘The Mueller Report’ has come to a disappointing, albeit predictable end for Democrats on the morning of April 18 when Attorney General William Barr announced in a press conference that there was “No evidence of collusion between the Trump Campaign and the Russian government”, and the Russia-investigation is thereby concluded. This useless investigation came at the expense of taxpayers, footing the bill for millions of dollars at the request of Congressional Democrats. While this confirms what the right already knew, blood-thirsty Democrats are not happy with the answer. The 448-page report was released to the public in a redacted version, but congressional democrats are demanding to see the classified version, while also demanding a public hearing from Robert Mueller, the report’s author in order to scrutinize his findings.
The redactions were categorized into four (4) classes:
-Investigative Technique (IT)
-Personal Privacy (PP)
-Harm to Ongoing Matter (HOM)
-Grand Jury (GJ)
To Democrat’s further disappointment, the first two categories, Investigative Techniques and Personal Privacy will yield no desirable results as those categories have no bearing on the Trump campaign and are used by the office of the Special Counsel. Consequently, the only bit of dirt they can hope to find would have to be in redactions classified under the HOM and Grand Jury classifications.
These actions establish several truths. For one, this highlights the toxicity of the Democratic party, which is bent on impeaching President Trump on any grounds possible to further their own socialist agenda, despite the success of the Trump administration and sweeping up-trend of the U.S. economy. Second, this clears the administration of any and all wrongdoing, which will further unite the GOP and rally support for the President in 2020.
In addition to finding no evidence of collusion with Russia or any other foreign government, the special counsel found no evidence of any form of obstruction that would in any way hinder the investigation, “…the President took no act that in fact deprived the Special Counsel of the documents or witnesses necessary to complete his investigation.” as stated by AG William Barr.
What’s even more interesting is that AG Barr suggested there was possible ‘spying’ on the Trump campaign in 2016 by the FBI, which was weaponized by Democrats. This begs the question; are Democrats demanding the redacted version to see who among them is implicated? Further probing this issue proves only one thing; the coup conspiracy against President Trump may be far more than just a theory. Here’s my prediction and hope for the ensuing events: Congressional Democrats will sacrifice the necessary people within their own party with the proper clearances in order to leak classified information to the public, hoping to damage the Trump administration in some manner. When this happens, I hope the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) gets involved and revokes all those clearances and investigates every Democrat involved, files FISA warrants on the grounds of conspiracy to breach national security and prosecutes them to the fullest extent of the law and removes them from office.
Kirstjen Nielsen’s resignation from her post as Secretary of Homeland Security announced yesterday by President Trump on Twitter to be replaced by Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan comes at a pivotal time in the border and humanitarian crisis. For months now, wave on wave of migrant caravans driven by cartels trafficking in humans have assaulted the US-Mexico border taking advantage of vulnerabilities while they can, probing for weaknesses and testing US response. They have made a deliberate show of retaliation against tighter US policy aimed at intimidating authorities and inciting public pressure. Ongoing arrests of illegal migrants in the US is no doubt damaging the cartel’s bottom line that relies on open borders to conduct global illicit trafficking in humans, narcotics, weapons, and other illicit commodities. Other invested interests include organized crime, gangs, and terrorist organizations as well as their state sponsors. The trafficking war is being fought in part using psychological operations, or psyops.
Psychological warfare “involves the planned use of propaganda and other psychological operations to influence the opinions, emotions, attitudes, and behavior of opposition groups,” according to Rand Corporation. In a 2012 research paper, America Y. Guevara states “cartels have effectively adapted propaganda into their illicit business blurring the lines between criminality, insurgency, and terrorism further raising the national security importance of this topic.” She goes on to describe the global establishment of narco-culture. Narco-culture glorifies the underground markets trafficking in humans, narcotics, weapons, and other restricted sales items, portrays participants as sympathetic victims should they be apprehended and prosecuted, and champions political figures fighting for aligned causes while shaming and smearing opposition. The psyop tactics of cartels utilize “strategy advocating neoliberal policies in both the United States and Mexico,” according to Guevara.
Spinning trafficking threats into legitimate human rights concerns for migrant refugees suppresses public awareness on other aspects of global trafficking such as supply chain and logistics and promotes democrat agendas for open borders, legalized drugs, and restricted gun rights that serve the interests of both progressives and criminal organizations. Last week, Kirstjen Nielsen discussed child recycling rings being used by traffickers at the US Mexico border while flooded with migrant groups posing as parents and children not their own to gain access into the US. The media responded with headlines, “These Are Families” reporting on ICE arrests of 280 illegal migrants working at CVE Technology Group in the Allen, TX. Joined by countless journalists and democratic politicians spinning the news to push for open borders with the legalization of migrants inside the U.S.. One such contributor responsible for the quote was senior staff attorney for the organization, RAICES, which provides legal services to migrants, Farheen Siddiqi, also a member of National Association of Muslim Lawyers. The fundamental breakdown in the left and right schools of thought is that the left doesn’t see illegal immigration as a crime because it’s not of ‘serious enough nature’. Justifications from both illegal immigrants and the left are as many as one can concoct, but what is discussed here are the parameters of influence that benefit criminal organizations including Drug-Trafficking Organizations (DTOs), Transnational Organized Crime (TOC), and interest groups with ties to terrorism. What took the killing of journalists in Mexico for cartels to claim the territory of the media can be done in the U.S. with a few well paid PR firms.
Rand Corporation according to a recent study shows the decision to “[shift] from drug trafficking to human trafficking [is] because profits are higher, humans are easier to move and store, and there are fewer risks.” Out of an estimated 25 million cargo containers that enter U.S. ports each year, it is estimated that less than 10% are inspected by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Senior Financial Crimes Intelligence Specialist, IBM Red Cell, Steven D’Alfonso states, “the increased globalization of trade, communication and logistics has helped TCO evolve into sophisticated organizations not unlike a multinational corporation. The same policies like open borders that serve the globalization of trade also serve transnational organized crime. However, global crime networks span between the diplomatic spheres of western countries to realms of countries hostile to the U.S. and where U.S. presence is underutilized. Derek Maltz, former head of the DEA’s Special Operations Division explains that the same cartels from Mexico and other Latin American countries that have infiltrated every major city in the U.S. are also operating in over 50 other countries including the West Africa drug trade that supplies funding to terrorist groups.
Some law enforcement personnel recommend relabeling cartels from DTO and TOC to terrorist organizations to change the way law enforcement, military, and the courts will be able to challenge their use of force, infiltration, and information warfare. Regardless, the deployment of cartel organized psyops pose new problems for many US and multinational companies across several industries and law enforcement agencies that require new technology to protect public and private sector interests. Archival Institute is working to achieve develop new systems that will lead to more intelligent borders, immigration and visa processes, transportation logistics, and FCC standards to secure the U.S. and allied partners from infiltration and exploitation.
Key logistical components for “these global networks rely on Mexican drug cartel tunnels have increasingly become more advanced with the addition of ventilation, lighting, high ceilings, medical facilities, dormitories and other high-tech features. The engineering features in these tunnels are believed to be the work of Hezbollah, which has created a vast network of tunnels in Lebanon to protect its members from Israeli airstrikes,” explains D’Alfonso. According to Colin P. Clarke, Adjunct Political Scientist; Affiliate Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School, Hezbollah also “laid the groundwork for the effective use of information warfare, which is the ability to gain an advantage over an adversary through the management of information.” An al-Qaeda recruiting video from 2009 boasted that the best way to smuggle biological weapons into the U.S. was through these tunnels. In an article written by Colonel (Ret.) Ken Allard and former dean of the National War College, the video tells recruits that four pounds of anthrax in a suitcase will kill 330,000 Americans within a single hour. Cartels and their affiliates have spent decades forging this gauntlet into the U.S. in the absence of border security scaled to meet the level of threat by employing the use of force with propaganda to control and dominate the information space. Topics important for TOCs and DTOs are increasingly infiltrating all types of media, research, and entertainment even the arts, government elections and reform items, and disrupting corporate practices on multiple sides.
DTOs and TOC invest in the latest technology in communications, transportation, and defense and often have superior technology to most military and law enforcement operations. Illicit trafficking continues to utilize asymmetric and urban warfare and combines with terrorist operations also blurring the psychological warfare objectives applied throughout the information space and theater of operation. This will continue to drive technology solutions, interagency action, and military assistance. Archival Institute is working to develop more intelligent borders, immigration and visa processes, transportation logistics, and FCC standards to secure the U.S. and allied partners from infiltration and exploitation.
With another weaponized migrant caravan set to arrive on the US Mexico border inducing a cascading crisis, President Trump’s administration is set to close the border as Mexico abandons its obligations to the US. The unwillingness of past administrations to enforce their constitutional duties and protect the borders of the United States, its people and welfare has left us with a unique set of challenges today. Of the entry control points along the border, most are understaffed, under-funded and are in desperate need of technological updates. Border Patrol personnel lack the proper resources needed to perform their jobs, and further lack the backing of the Federal Government when enforcing immigration laws. The United States-Mexico border crisis has developed into a legitimate state of emergency in 2019.
Of the roughly 1900 mile long US/Mexico Border, almost none is physically secured or monitored, allowing for almost unobstructed access to the United States. In addition to the illegal immigration problem, there is a serious crisis with regard to human trafficking, drug trafficking and illegal activities on the border such as kidnappings, murders, assaults, rapes, theft and so on. According to reports from the Customs and Border Protection bureau, over 11 million illegal immigrants reside in the United States, but experts believe that figure is ultra conservative. Mexican cartels regularly enslave women and children as a price to get them across the border. In doing so, they charge women outrageous fees, which they must pay off over time, sometimes as long as 20 years, which is considered indentured servitude. Drug cartels regularly use firepower to intimidate US citizens living along the border in order to control the area by force, often by firing high caliber, long range rifles [as large as .50 caliber] into US territory.
In a 2018 report by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) during the 2018 fiscal year Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) made more than 1500 human trafficking arrests, 97 percent of them for sex-trafficking. In the same year, ICE officers removed more than 10,000 known or suspected gang members already in the country illegally. In December of 2018 alone, 20,000 children were illegally smuggled into the US. In the last two years, ICE arrested 266,000 illegal aliens with criminal records including those convicted of nearly 100,000 assaults, 30,000 sex crimes and 4,000 homicides. In 2018 ‘only’ 1032 families were apprehended at the San Diego border. In 2019 (first quarter only) this number increased by 700 percent to 8217 families. Of these, 2400 family units falsely claimed to be together, under 18 years of age and what their country of origin was. The rise of apprehensions at the southern border jumped from 36,751 in February 2018 to 76,103 in February 2019.
European countries have paved the way for Turkey, Syria, and a number of countries in Africa to profit from the global refugee crisis now at roughly 70 million people by charging Europeans large sums of money in AID and other benefits such as international travel with no visa requirements in exchange for accepting refugees back into their home countries or regions. The Assad regime in Syria will not accept Syrian refugees from Europe without European countries shelling out huge sums of money and other political privileges. Turkey signed a €6 billion deal signed in March of 2016 with the EU to accept refugees into Turkey from the migrant population in Europe that reached 3.5 million displaced people. Turkey has been paid €1.85 billion by the EU Commission but has only accepted 1,564 Syrians while the EU has been tasked with setting 12,489 Syrians from Turkey that were settled in Germany, France, Finland, and the Netherlands. While Turkey demands the remainder of those sums, Turkey’s cooperation and progress in settling refugees will be undetermined. It is no wonder Erdogan’s party lost the recent election in Turkey.
In 2015, an Emergency Trust Fund worth $1.8 billion for 23 African countries as Europe’s 2014 Mobility Partnership was faltering. These ongoing deals present set unrealistic expectations on countries such as Tunisia and neighboring Libya which is now receiving additional investment for infrastructure development in the hope of stabilizing the migration crisis. One must question the feasibility and logic of these arrangements with weaker countries that do not have the infrastructure and security in place to perform. The African continent particularly the Sahel and Horn of Africa have been targeted as fertile recruiting and training grounds for IS, al-qaeda, and other global terrorist organizations unable to assert the strength necessary to keep them out.
The migration crisis there has been exacerbated by porous borders between African countries that have propelled trafficking networks forward in humans, narcotics, weapons, and counterfeit products. With what logic does it then follow that these same countries will be able to contain both the humanitarian and security crises even with European financing and military assistance? How can the destabilized countries of North Africa be expected to protect European countries more advanced and more wealthy than themselves from overwhelming numbers of migrants and trafficking threats they themselves cannot manage? It can be no surprise that the situation has since called for US involvement in the safeguarding of Europe from the North African and Syrian migration threat while contending with its own southern border crisis with Mexico and other Latin American countries. The US Mexico border remains a target for global trafficking routes connecting all the way to Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Central and South America.
The key benefactors in not securing the US Mexico border continue to be large criminal organizations including cartels and global Islamic terror networks including Hezbollah active in Central American countries such as Venezuela. We have the technology to end this crisis, ensure peaceful trade, and provide for legal migrants. Accomplishing this mission requires developing physical border wall facilities and utilizing new technology and honing freight and passenger transportation infrastructure to detect trafficking threats. This can be accomplished across international supply chains and trafficking routes. The Turkish oil tanker El Hiblu 1 on route to Italy’s southernmost island of Lampedusawas recently hijacked at sea after rescuing 108 people — 77 men, 19 women and 12 minors, including toddlers. The ship was forced to dock in Malta after being intercepted by Maltese authorities alerted by the ship’s captain who declared he was not in control of the vessel.
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