Arizona Gov. Ducey: Cartels Using ‘Uber-Like’ System for Human Smuggling


After a Wednesday meeting with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Tucson Sector, Gov. Doug Ducey (R) explained to KTAR what he learned.

“One real eye-opening thing that we learned yesterday is that the cartels are using social media to pick up folks that have been trafficked over the border,” Ducey reportedly said. “They’re actually offering American citizens cash on the spot if they’ll deliver people from border drop-off points, like an illegal Uber into the state.”

Social media has become a useful tool for illegal aliens and human smugglers at the U.S. border.

Last week, during a House Judiciary Committee hearing with Attorney General Merrick Garland, Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ-05) grilled Garland about Facebook’s role in illegal alien smuggling.

Citing a letter by Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R), which was sent to Garland, Biggs said Facebook “allows people to share information about how to enter a country illegally or request information about how to be smuggled.”

Aiding and abetting illegal alien crossings is a crime, according to Biggs, who asked Garland whether he had taken any action to investigate Facebook’s alleged role in helping illegal aliens cross the border.

Garland said he was unaware of Brnovich’s letter.

During his interview, Ducey heaped praise on the 3700 CBP agents who work in the Tucson Sector, which covers 262 miles of border, as illegal border crossings continue to soar.

“These are terrific people,” he said. “It’s amazing to me that they’re able to keep the morale up.”

He also slammed the Biden administration over regulations that he says have handcuffed the federal law enforcement agency.

“Limiting where they [agents] can go and what they can do is basically a signal to cartels on how they can get drugs, child sex trafficking and human trafficking across the border,” Ducey reportedly said.

He told the radio station that he will work with the Arizona Legislature to curb illegal alien crossings at the state level.

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Pete D’Abrosca is a contributor at The Arizona Sun Times and The Star News Network. Follow Pete on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected].





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