Guards Likely Not Targeting Primary Sources of Sex Slaves or Drugs – Dakota Free Press
While ignoring his own security concerns to arrange a photo op with his ideological border mercenaries, Governor Kristi Noem invokes the usual radical right border bugaboos to justify his militaristic posture, saying our National Guard will help him. stop human trafficking and illegal drugs who flock to America and South Dakota from Mexico.
However, the southern border is the source of very little human trafficking in the United States:
Our research therefore shows that the trafficking problem in San Diego County is by far more local, domestic than it is across the border. In our study, we found 80% of survivors, 450 survivors we interviewed, were born and raised in the United States. And of those 20% who were born outside the United States, very few have actually been trafficked across the border. We know that trafficking takes place across the border. Unfortunately, people confuse smuggling and trafficking all the time. Human trafficking is very specific to being forced by fraud or coercion – brought across the border, not by getting someone’s help to cross the border [Jamie Gates, Center for Justice and Reconciliation, Point Loma Nazarene University, interviewed by Sarah McCammon, “Human Trafficking and the Southern Border,” NPR: Weekend Edition Saturday, 2019.06.29].
The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is a major driver of human trafficking in South Dakota. Rally enthusiasts do not import sex slaves from Mexico; they’re dragging them across the reserve borders right here in South Dakota. Will Noem send soldiers to Sturgis next month to protect our own people from this scourge?
Illegal drugs cross our border, but well over 90% of this drug flow passes through legal ports of entry and through the post:
MARTIN: So, first of all, just explain it to me. How do most illegal drugs enter the United States?
KERLIKOWSKE: So the drugs that actually kill people here in the United States – methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, fentanyl – almost universally pass through ports of entry along the southern border – so it’s people who carry them. on their bodies or even in their bodies or cars or vehicles. And then the second way is through the international postal service.
MARTIN: And when you say the most, what do you mean? Like, 50%, 60%, 90%?
KERLIKOWSKE: Oh, well over 90%. People are not backpacking or trying to smuggle these drugs across the border between points of entry because, first, they could be captured by the border patrol. Second, they don’t really trust these people to do that. So it’s much better for them to have someone take the drugs through a port of entry where they’re met on the other side of the port here in the United States, and those drugs are taken immediately.
MARTIN: So you’re basically saying that almost everything goes through legal ports of entry. [Gil Kerlikowske, former commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, interviewed by Michel Martin, “How Do Illegal Drugs Cross the U.S.-Mexico Border?” NPR: All Things Considered, 2019.04.06].
So, will Noem’s guards work at the legal customs posts and shake up American citizens bringing these drugs into the country? Will they help sniff postal trucks and planes to really stop the entry of illegal drugs? Or will we just have more photo ops when Kristi flies to Texas for her next political fundraiser in 2024 and trips to the dusty desert to stage adventure photos with her camouflaged guards and their guns? ?