Customs and Border Protection agents report rise in human smugglingThe City of Laredo, Texas, is home to the busiest border port of entry in the country. From managing 7,000 commercial business trucks driving into and out of the United States into Mexico daily, to an increase in drug trafficking and high human smuggling numbers, Customs and Border Protection agents say they have been busier than ever.LAREDO, Texas — The Laredo Border Sector is reporting a rise in commercial trade due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but that’s not all. Customs and Border Protection [CBP] agents are also battling an uptick in human smuggling cases.Matthew Hudak, the chief patrol agent for the U.S. Border Patrol Laredo Sector, said this could be due to a number of reasons.“The economy on this side of the border still seems tore doing pretty good, so I think that is a driving factor,” Hudak said. “As COVID kind of started, I think that was a natural pressure that was holding people back and I think as we see things starting to stabilize, people are trying to move a little more and make that journey north.” Billions of dollars in trade between U.S. and Mexico is done through the Laredo, Texas


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