(CNSNews.com) – Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) says that government officials in Central America are laughing the U.S. for its failure to secure its own southern border while international criminal cartels use illegal immigrants as “human shields” to divert attention from their smuggling activities.
“The United States is furthering this international criminal cartel enterprise. We are furthering it because we are offering the gold at the end of the rainbow and we are stopping no one from coming in,” Bachmann, who is also a member of the Select Committee on Intelligence, told CNSNews.com after her recent trip to Texas.
“And what the Hispanics all along the border who live in Texas told me if we actually would build a real fence across all of the Texas border, if we have to use eminent domain to get the land, we use eminent domain, but if we build a real fence across that border, we have it lit, we have electronic surveillance, and we have Border Patrol manning it, it would be a lot cheaper than the system that we’re paying for now, with all of the actual personnel and no fence,” Bachmann said.
“And then if we did immediate deportations, right on the spot at the border, then I believe that if we had a 100 percent tax on remittances, on money orders that are sent down to Mexico and these other countries, we would very quickly get the attention of the government,” she continued.
“Because the Mexican government, and the presidents of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, they laugh at us because this works for them. We are supplying additional GDP for their economies, and their gangs and very dangerous cartels are making a lot of money. And so the governments are corrupt, generally speaking, and they are furthering this criminal enterprise.”
The “steady stream” of foreign nationals she recently witnessed coming over the Texas border “is so brazen, you can’t believe it,” Bachmann, who traveled the entire length of the Rio Grande River, told CNSNews.com.
“This was Sunday afternoon. I was standing up on a bluff in Roma, Texas looking at the Mexican side and the families are swimming in the Rio Grande, and it’s kind of like a picnic area. And then these coyotes kept circling around, and they came up to the edge of the Rio Grande.
“And I’m standing with Border Security guards, the local Roma police, the Texas Rangers, Dallas public safety department. So there’s trucks and cars everywhere. We’re up on the bluff and down below by the river. We have binoculars. We’re watching them. They’re watching us.
“And they take a silver Jeep, they back it up to the Rio Grande, they pull out a 12-man raft and blew it up. Then two guys and a pregnant woman jumped in, and they took the raft across the Rio Grande. The Border Patrol told me what they usually do is they take the raft to an island in the middle of the river, which is no man’s land – neither the United States or Mexico claims the island – and hide out there till evening.
‘Well, they didn’t do that because I think they figured the pregnant woman would be 100 percent guaranteed to stay in the United States. So rather than going to the island, we all saw them coming directly from Mexico to the United States’ side.
"So the woman got out of the raft with her two bags and said to the Border Patrol: ‘I want asylum. I have credible fear. Take me in.’ And so they did. They took her in.
"And while this was all happening, one of the other police officers pointed out to me: ‘Look behind her. There’s four guys who are bringing drugs over right now.' So she was meant to be a decoy to distract while the drugs went over.”
Bachmann provided CNSNews.com with a video of the incident:
Bachmann said that law enforcement told her they seize and burn 8,000 lbs. of marijuana each week in addition to methamphetamines, cocaine, heroin, and prescription drugs that are smuggled over the border by drug cartels.
“Border Patrol told me there are 50,000 members in this international cartel, this criminal enterprise. Ten thousand – or 20 percent of this brutal international gang – live in the United States already.” she said.
But drugs are not the only thing smuggled into the U.S., Bachmann says. At every border stop, she says she was told that “an extremely high number” of illegal border crossers are not from Mexico or other Central American countries.
“We have foreign nationals pouring into the United States, ‘a steady stream with only a trickle going back’ in the words of the Border Patrol…People are coming across from Yemen, from Saudi Arabia, from Iraq, from Syria, from China, from Bangladesh. They are coming over from Nigeria, from all sorts of capitals, because they’ve gotten the word from the Obama administration that if you come into the United States, you won’t be turned back,” Bachmann told CNSNews.com.
“In Laredo, for instance, they told me that there were 5,800 Cubans that have already come in this year. And America has a policy that once you make it on U.S. soil, you’re virtually in unless you have a criminal background.”
“I spent a lot of time on this issue. I thought I knew a lot. But I had no idea that we virtually have an open border,” Bachmann told CNSNews.com.
“And the thing that really surprised me is that I really thought that Border Patrol’s purpose was to stop people, foreign nationals, from coming into the United States. And it’s nothing against Border Patrol, it’s an indictment against the politicians…but Border Patrol doesn’t stop anyone. They people process.”
“I think what people need to know is there are so many people pouring into the United States that it is virtually impossible to be able to interdict everybody. And also so much time and attention is being diverted on women and children that are now coming into the United States illegally that that draws attention away from the dangerous people that are coming across,” she said.
“This works for the criminal cartels because they are paid money for the women and children to come in, but the cartels aren’t just one dimensional. Not only do they make money off the women and the minors, they also are able to do gang recruitment and drug running along the way, they also rape and sexually assault a lot of the individuals along the way.”
“And they can use people, like I saw in Roma, Texas, as diversionary tactics, whether it’s to bring in other dangerous foreign nationals, or whether it’s to bring in dangerous drugs, or weapons or contraband of some sort,” Bachmann added.
“No matter what it is, it’s not good for Americans. It’s not good for our economy. It’s not good for our physical health. It’s not good for our national security. There is not an upside to this.”