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American Teens Are Smuggling Illegal Immigrants for Cash

Lured by social media and hooked by money, American teens are getting involved in the seedy world of smuggling immigrants across the border.

American teens are diving headfirst into the murky waters of illegal immigration, serving as the latest recruits in a sprawling network of human smuggling, driven by nothing more than the almighty dollar. The fact that young Americans are being lured into the dangerous world of transnational crime for financial gain should serve as a wake-up call to anyone paying attention.

This isn’t a game. It’s a high-stakes operation where human lives, sovereignty, and the rule of law are involved. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is on the front lines, battling not just the smuggling itself, but the cascading threats it invites—from identity theft to terrorism. Yet, despite these efforts, Texas, a state bearing the brunt of this crisis, reports staggering numbers. 503,800 illegal immigrant apprehensions and over 40,400 criminal arrests of illegal immigrants through Operation Lone Star signal a deep and unyielding chaos at our doorstep. This escalating crisis not only tests our enforcement capabilities but also lays bare the profound impact on our youth, drawing them into a vortex of criminality.

It’s shocking and heartbreaking to see children born as recently as 2008 embroiled in activities that threaten to derail their futures, and our country, before they’ve even begun their adult life. When teenagers, barely out of childhood, find themselves in the grip of gangs and cartels, facilitated by the allure of easy money on social media platforms, we must question where we’ve gone wrong.

The Biden administration’s indifference and lack of actionable policies only pour gasoline on this inferno, and the involvement of social media in recruiting these young smugglers is particularly insidious. It’s a clarion call for parents and guardians to vigilantly monitor the digital footprints of their children. The cartels’ exploitation of platforms like Snapchat, with their promise of anonymity and easy riches, preys on the naivety and impulsiveness of youth.

Illegal immigration isn’t just a threat to our borders and a drain on American resources; it’s now targeting and corrupting our youth, luring them into the shadows of criminal enterprises. The urgent call to action here is clear: We must staunchly defend America and its future generations from the grips of these nefarious networks. 

Robert Chernin

Robert Chernin

Robert B. Chernin has brought his years of political consulting and commentary back to radio. As a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, fundraiser and political confidant, Robert has a unique perspective with insights not heard anyway else. Robert has consulted on federal and statewide campaigns at the gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial, and presidential level. He served in leadership roles in the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush as well as McCain for President. He led Florida’s Victory 2004’s national Jewish outreach operations as Executive Director. In addition, he served on the President’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Robert co-founded and served as president of the Electoral Science Institute, a non-profit organization that utilizes behavioral science to increase voter participation and awareness. Robert can be heard on multiple radio stations and viewed on the “Of the People” podcast where you get your podcasts.