President Obama’s recent immigration orders encourage transnational cartels to bring their violent activities closer to the border and even into the country, a group of sheriffs told reporters and lawmakers at the Capitol Wednesday.
“It’s on the border now and it’s spreading into Texas and across the nation,” A.J. Louderback, sheriff of Jackson County, Texas, told National Review Online after a press conference in which he described a four-hour gun battle involving cartels just across the border on Sunday that left at least 50 people dead.
“The welcome sign is out,” he said. “It’s out. They’re coming.” Louderback attended the press conference with Senator Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.), Senator David Vitter (R., La.) and Representative Marsha Blackburn (R., Tenn.) and other sheriffs. He said that Obama’s orders make it easier for smugglers to tell prospective immigrants that they will receive amnesty once they’ve paid to get across the border — a deal in which cartels get a cut of the profits.
“They have to pay to get on that road, they have to pay the cartels, so, the message is that if you don’t stop the amnesty and thereby stop the cartels from being able to market it then you’re not going to get anywhere,” Louderback said.