Border Patrol Chief: Cartels Use Migrants as Diversion

The flood of illegal immigrants into the southern border town of Eagle Pass, Texas, last week was a distraction by drug cartels to divert law enforcement’s attention away from areas where they can smuggle drugs and weapons into the U.S., the chief of U.S. Border Patrol said.

“It’s a money-making opportunity for those smugglers, and I believe it’s a distraction from them to cross other things into the country,” Jason Owens, a 20-year veteran of the Border Patrol, who was named chief in June, told ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday. “Narcotics, fentanyl, weapons, people of interest, whether it be hardened criminals and gang members, convicted sexual predators.”

Owens also expressed frustration that his officers are being diverted from law enforcement to deal with administrative duties such as processing illegal immigrants once they have crossed the border. He said the situation at the southern border is about as bad as he has seen in his career with the Border Patrol.

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