(TheProudRepublic.com) – In a shocking development showing that the Biden administration is leaving us unprotected from all angles, it has been revealed that a human smuggling group based in New Jersey charges $6,000 for each person they illegally bring into the U.S. from Canada.
This gang has been quietly causing a spike in illegal crossings from the north at a time when the U.S. Border Patrol is overwhelmed by a large number of asylum seekers at the Mexican border.
According to recent findings this major smuggling scheme began when its Guatemalan and Colombian founders were released into the U.S. after coming from Mexico and being briefly held by immigration officials.
The Daily Mail reported that these people then moved to New Jersey where they started their highly profitable but illegal business and managed to stay off the radar of federal law enforcement officers.
Immigration studies professor Philip Kasinitz stated that coming from Canada is easier for those who want to enter the U.S. without going through official checks especially with the southern border under such tight surveillance.
The smugglers have been active along the Vermont-Quebec border where they exploit weak security measures in the area to smuggle immigrants into the U.S. The surge in illegal crossings is worrisome as over 10,000 migrants were caught attempting to cross from Canada to the U.S. last year.
Additionally federal authorities have arrested two key figures in this scheme: Jhon Reina-Perez and Victor Lopez-Padilla.
Reina-Perez entered the U.S. in 2022 and was detained and released under the condition that he report to immigration officials but he failed to do so. In turn Lopez-Padilla came in 2019 and was also released to await further immigration proceedings. Their freedom allowed them to continue their smuggling operations.
Lopez-Padilla also seems to have connections with the notorious drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, which raises the alarms over deeper criminal affiliations. Although Reina-Perez and Lopez-Padilla have been arrested, gang member Simon Jacinto-Ramos is still at large and keeps the smuggling operation active.
The smugglers take advantage of Canada’s visa exemption policy for Mexicans and offer them an easier path into the U.S. if they can afford their services. While aliens legally enter Canada on various visas they cross into the U.S. unlawfully.