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Former Cartel Member Draws Controversial Parallel to George Soros in Border Discussion

In a recent interview with Fox News, Jesse Ocana, a former member of a Mexican drug cartel, sparked controversy by comparing the activities of cartels to billionaire philanthropist George Soros.

Context of Ongoing Border Crisis

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This comparison emerged in the midst of ongoing border tensions and concerns over the United States’ handling of the border crisis.

Ocana’s Statement

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When asked by host Bill Hemmer if the United States and Mexican government should work together to take out the cartels, Ocana replied: “It can be done. But you’re talking about these cartel people, they have a lot of money.

They can buy you. You can say they’re like (George) Soros. They can buy people out,” said Ocana.

“If you’re a governor, a senator, and if you’re a big man in government, they can still buy you out.”

Border Crisis Escalates

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The U.S.-Mexico border has been a focal point of bipartisan criticism, with the number of migrant border crossings reaching over 2.4 million during the 2023 fiscal year, as reported by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Supreme Court Ruling

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Tensions heightened when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that federal Border Patrol agents could remove razor wire and barriers constructed along the border to curb immigration.

Governor Abbott’s Continued Use of National Guard

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott has vowed to continue using the Texas National Guard to address the surge in migrant encounters.

Mexican President’s Request

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Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador requested $20 billion in funds from the U.S. as part of a cooperative plan to address the immigration challenge.

Further Support

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He also called for actions such as suspending the U.S. blockade of Cuba and lifting sanctions against Venezuela.

This proposal faced criticism from some Republican senators who have been critical of President Biden’s border policies.

The Role of Mexican Cartels

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The influx of migrants often involves encounters with human smuggling networks, raising concerns about the involvement of Mexican cartels.

The Biden administration has sought cooperation with Mexico to address this issue.

Efforts to Disrupt Drug Trafficking

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In 2023, the Biden administration initiated measures to disrupt the trafficking of illicit fentanyl and dismantle firearms trafficking networks used by drug traffickers.

An executive order in 2021 targeted individuals involved in the global illicit drug trade.

Differing Views

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Views on the border crisis and efforts to combat cartels vary widely.

Critics argue that insecurity in Mexico persists and drug-related issues continue to worsen despite initiatives and meetings.

Border Security Paramount

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Others emphasize the importance of border security and preventing the flow of substances like fentanyl into the U.S.

Biden’s Proposal

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President Biden is urging Congress to support a bipartisan Senate deal that combines border enforcement measures with aid to Ukraine in its conflict with Russia.

Tit For Tat Proposal

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He expressed his willingness to close the U.S.-Mexico border if lawmakers pass such a bill.

However, the bill faces challenges in the House, with some arguing it does not go far enough to address illegal immigration.

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