To bring greater attention to the issue of human trafficking, Jessica Vaughan, the Center’s Director of Policy Studies, joins our podcast this week to highlight border-related human trafficking. Current immigration policies are responsible for an out-of-control southern border and for lax guest worker programs, both of which are major contributors to the human trafficking industry in the United States. How do we end this criminal exploitation of the vulnerable?
Vaughan clarifies the important distinction between human trafficking and human smuggling, and describes how smuggling operations can develop into trafficking, which is on the rise. Forced labor trafficking is the most common form of trafficking at our Southern border, and Biden’s border policies create incentives for both smuggling and trafficking.
Vaughan says, “Failure to enforce our immigration laws creates ideal conditions for trafficking. And without any changes to immigration policy, the issue is unlikely to improve.”
Oftentimes, the victims are minors, who are placed in the care of smugglers by their parents who are told their children will attend school in the United States. Instead, some of these children end up working in dangerous and exploitative conditions, and the unwillingness of the Biden administration to enforce immigration laws in the interior makes these occurrences less likely to be discovered.
In his closing commentary, Mark Krikorian, the Center’s Executive Director and host of Parsing Immigration Policy, highlights the December border encounter numbers, the highest in recorded history for a single month – more than 251,000. Krikorian predicts the January published numbers to be lower due to the Biden administration’s newly announced program that illegally grants the alien parole before he reaches the border, so that he is not counted in the monthly arrest statistics.
Mark Krikorian is the Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies.
Jessica Vaughan is the Director of Policy Studies at the Center for Immigration Studies
Voices in the opening montage:
- Sen. Barack Obama at a 2005 press conference.
- Sen. John McCain in a 2010 election ad.
- President Lyndon Johnson, upon signing the 1965 Immigration Act.
- Booker T. Washington, reading in 1908 from his 1895 Atlanta Exposition speech.
- Laraine Newman as a "Conehead" on SNL in 1977.
- Hillary Clinton in a 2003 radio interview.
- Cesar Chavez in a 1974 interview.
- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaking to reporters in 2019.
- Prof. George Borjas in a 2016 C-SPAN appearance.
- Sen. Jeff Sessions in 2008 comments on the Senate floor.
- Charlton Heston in "Planet of the Apes".