Only 2 of 174 human smugglers captured this year were jailed in Mexican border state

As bad as things are on the US side of the border, Mexico is far worse with Mexican border state officials only managing to convict two out of 174 human smugglers that were charged in 2022, resulting in them operating with impunity.

The low number charged screams that there is something massively wrong with Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office. With 174 charged in the border state of Nuevo Leon in 2022 and only two convictions, according to Reforma, it appears that there is virtually nothing for the cartels or human smugglers to be afraid of there.

In the two cases that resulted in convictions, the smugglers received sentences of eight years in prison. A third case did go to trial but was dismissed for evidentiary shortcomings, according to Breitbart.

Federal authorities in Nuevo Leon saw a 40 percent decrease in the apprehension of migrants compared to 2021. In the first half of 2022, authorities in Nuevo Leon detained 3,242 migrants versus 5,361 that were detained during the same period last year. Meanwhile, across the border in the United States, authorities are seeing record-setting migrant apprehensions.

Something doesn’t add up here and it probably indicates massive corruption on the Mexican side of the border.

Rev. Luis Eduardo Zavala, who is the head of the Casa Monarca shelter in Nuevo Leon, told Reforma in an interview that he believes the lack of convictions illustrates the professionalism of criminals who are able to exploit law enforcement loopholes. That may be part of it, but Mexico is notorious for corrupt officials. The two combined have created a haven for human smugglers and crime in general.

Members of Mexico’s National Immigration Institute have been the targets of a number of investigations into corrupt practices and their ties to human trafficking organizations in recent years. It’s one more indication that lawlessness is rampant south of the border.

On Monday, federal authorities in Mexico detained 35 migrants and seven human smugglers in Nuevo León. It’s the second incident in less than a week according to Mexico News Daily.

Five vehicles were also seized. A joint statement by authorities claimed that the migrants “presumably came from Cuba, Ecuador, and Nicaragua” and were unable to show that they were in Mexico legally. This is now a common occurrence in Mexico.

The suspects were taken to a detention center where they will receive consular assistance and have their legal situation assessed. The National Guard and INM indicated that the migrants would be deported if they were unable to prove that they entered the country legally.

The seven suspected smugglers were turned over to the federal Attorney General’s Office, which vows to conduct an investigation. In reality, that will most likely go nowhere if recent history is to be believed.

This incident occurred six days after 266 primarily Central American migrants were detected in three trucks traveling on the same highway in Galeana. Twenty unaccompanied minors including 19 boys and one girl were among the migrants found traveling in crowded conditions, according to Mexico News Daily.

Authorities said that the Guatemalan, Nicaraguan, Salvadoran, Cuban, Honduran, Ecuadorian, and Dominican nationals were taken to the Galeana municipal auditorium for assessment. The drivers of the trucks transporting them were arrested.

According to the media outlet, United States Customs and Border Protection agents have completed over 1.8 million “enforcement actions” – apprehensions and expulsions concerning illegal immigrants since the beginning of U.S. fiscal year (FY) 2022 last October. The figure, which doesn’t include data for August or September, is already almost 10 percent higher than that for all of FY 2021 and 350 percent higher than that for FY 2020.

There seem to be a lot of claims by Mexican officials of arresting individuals that go nowhere. In the meantime, human smuggling is increasing on both sides of the border unabated.

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