Mexican criminal cartels use social media to recruit people to the United States


Mexican criminal cartels are increasingly using social media to recruit people in the United States to help with their smuggling operations in southern borderjust as the United States is facing a historic wave of migration – with the arrest of a tractor-trailer full of dozens of migrants marking the latest example of these recruitment methods.

Transnational criminal organizations coordinate operations on both sides of the border, with officers picking up drugs, contraband and migrants as they cross the border illegally. Trafficking has grown exponentially in recent years, with Border Patrol agents making more than 2.1 million encounters in this fiscal year so far, not counting the estimated 600,000 “fleeing” migrants who are believed to have exceeded overworked officers.

Video released Wednesday and verified by the Texas Department of Public Safety shows a message in front of an image of a tractor-trailer.

Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra (Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra)

“Need someone who can drive an 18 wheeler right now McAllen in Houston already loaned $70,000.”

Later Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Deputies located 84 migrants Thursday afternoon as they unloaded from a tractor-trailer just 12 miles from the US-Mexico border in south Texas.

Texas DPS spokesman Christopher Olivarez said that law enforcement has seen an increase in recruitment videos on social media sites since last year.

This is a long-standing concern, which includes the recruitment of teenagers by the cartels. Authorities said TikTok, Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp have all been used to recruit minors.

The use of platforms has attracted attention since the migrant crisis began early last year. The media constantly reports how “Cartel TikTok” has racked up millions of views online.

Republicans on the House Homeland Security Committee have written to TikTok both about using the platform to recruit smugglers and also to threaten and stalk Border Patrol agents.

“It appears that via your platform, cartel members are openly glorifying and normalizing illegal behavior and violence to recruit new members, most recently American teenagers,” the letter reads.

A TikTok spokesperson told Fox News Digital at the time, “TikTok strictly prohibits the promotion or facilitation of criminal activity, and we are working with third-party intelligence companies to strengthen the identification of potential trafficking or contraband and make reports to law enforcement, if necessary”.

Smugglers have used WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram to advertise the caravans forming in Central American countries.


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