Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has lit a firestorm with a July 25th tweet and subsequent appearances regarding its content on news programs. Cruzs tweet highlights the way the Biden Administrations failure to enforce border security is directly in charge of Mexican cartels openly trafficking drugs and sex trade victims in to the USA with nearly total impunity.
President Biden doesnt want Americans to learn he has been ignoring the narco slave trade occurring along our southern border. pic.twitter.com/OXtOYADamj
Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) July 26, 2022
That the cartels exploit teenage girls and ladies for sex trafficking is not any secret. On July 15th, Cruz commented:
We heard multiple reports of something, Ill be candid, I had never heard about before until today something called a rape tree, which are trees where in fact the traffickers would violently rape ladies and hang their undergarments in the tree as a trophy, Cruz said on Friday.
In accordance with Amnesty International, about 60% of the ladies and girls who make the trek to the U.S.-Mexico border are raped.
As a Border Patrol agent wrote in 2019:
I summited at midday and walked aimlessly in the shadows of granite domes that ran across the ridgeline just like the spine of some slumbering monster. A turkey vulture hovered on a thermal, passing in and out of Mexico with seeming disregard for international boundaries. Throughout me the mountainsides sparkled in the sunlight from the rubbish discarded by clandestine border crossersRed Bull energy cans and Pedialyte baby bottles; childrens backpacks and Mexican water jugs. On the list of hastily discarded objects were others on deliberate display. More often than once on patrol, I had discovered desert altars filled with votive candles, rosary beads, and prayer cards commemorating Juan Soldado, patron saint of undocumented immigrants, and Jess Malverde, patron saint of drug smugglers.
This time around, I discovered a velvet mesquite tree draped in womens lingerie. Faded pink bras and lacy black panties drooped from the twisted limbs. The Border Patrol calls these rape trees. Its difficult to learn whether these displays are simply just symbolic of a womans vulnerability in this place or will be the actual trophies of sexual violence. In any event, women who understand the risks of the desert sometimes ingest morning-after pills before even wanting to cross.
The Trump Administration made combating human trafficking important. Even yet in wanting to downplay Trumps efforts, mainstream media begrudgingly credited Trump with taking direct action.
President Donald Trumps anti-human trafficking stance has turned into a hallmark ofhis administration. Daughter and adviserIvanka Trumphas spurred the presidents investment in anti-trafficking measures because the beginning of his term. She called trafficking an ugly stain on civilization at theunveiling of the Trafficking in Personsreport at hawaii Department in 2017, in accordance with CNN.
Ivanka Trumps work to mitigate humantrafficking globally can be well-documented, from the meetingwith survivors in Italyto her influence in the Oval Office.
Just what exactly gets the Biden Administration done? Chad Wolf and Bill Woolf from the conservative think tank America First Policy Institute stated in January 2022 that the existing administration is MIA on the problem.
The southwest border has essentially turn into a feeding zone for traffickers, and the Biden Administration has only managed to get easier to allow them to access these children. Because effective border security measures were eliminated in the first days of the Biden Administration, smugglers have effectively persuaded migrant children and parents they had an improved potential for being permitted to stay static in the U.S now than under President Trump.
You can find legal avenues designed for illegal immigrants forced in to the sex trade to get freedom, as a Harvard Law writer noted in 2018.
The T visa, a particular visa to safeguard victims of trafficking was made in October 2000 with the passage of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act. You can find 5,000 of the visas on an annual basis. This might seem promising, nonetheless it is really a significantly under-utilized process. Based on the USA Citizenship and Immigration statistics, only around 500 600 of the visas are granted every year. In addition, the responsibility of proof could be on the trafficked victim and you can find several requirements to qualify. This often includes testifying against their trafficker, a thing that could be terrifying for they.
T visas may also be temporary, only lasting for four years. Although individuals can obtain a green card following the third year, that process can be under-utilized and slow.
It really is challenging to choose that is lower scum: the cartels illegally bringing teenage girls and ladies into the USA to be sexually abused or the men doing the abuse. President Trump has suggested the death penalty as appropriate punishment for drug dealers. Possibly the same for sex traffickers, although public castration of any man found spending money on sex with a trafficking victim includes a nice ring to it.