US Customs and Border Protection shut down a border crossing Saturday between Juarez, Mexico and El Paso, Texas, saying the crisis of migrants crossing illegally requires the agency to deploy its agents along the unguarded border fence.
But in nearby New Mexico, the risks to America go even beyond the flood of illegal immigration.
As the tidal wave of migrants at the southern border dominates the attention of authorities, cartels are using the distraction to ship record amounts of drugs into the US. So far this fiscal year, seizures of cocaine along the border are on pace to triple last year’s totals.
The Johnson family has been ranching 160,000 acres of the New Mexico desert for four generations.
Joe Johnson tells CBN News, “Well my grandfather came here in 1918, and we’ve been here 101 years this year.”
He’s seen the makeup of illegal border crossers change over the years. “I think what we have coming through us is the violent type of people… More drug traffic.”
“This right here is what the border patrol calls nineteen canyon. And we’ve been told many times we ought to stay out of here because of the danger. But we can’t. We have to keep an eye on our border.”
And here that’s nothing more than a barbed wire fence, built by these ranchers more than 40 years ago. But drug runners cut the fence and drive in with thousands of pounds of cocaine, heroin, and other dangerous drugs.
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