Bannon: What is your impression down on the southern border. Are enough folks, particularly at the elected office level of the federal and state paying any attention at all or are they just letting it happen?
Bensman: No, I do think that state and locals are paying attention. The Arizona governor recently started making moves. Texas Gov. Abbott has deployed the Texas DPS to help ill gaps. It’s just too little. I mean, this is something that is historic. The numbers are just simply historic. Wait til you see the numbers that come out after April is up. Look, these guys that I talked to raised $11,000 each. I asked each one of them: how did you get $11,000? I mean you’re from a family of dirt farmers. The way they did it is that everyone they knew, family, friends – this is according to them – lent money, put the money together because they were pretty sure they were going to get in, go to work and pay the money back with remittance wages. But now it’s a sunk cost. They’re destroyed. Everybody that gave these guys money – destroyed. One of them just broke down crying, right there just talking about it. Some of the others said, ‘we’re going back to Guatemala. I also interviewed yesterday, under this bridge, a smuggler, one with the La Linia cartel. Yesterday, I told you it was the Sinaloa cartel. My mistake. It was La Linia. I stand corrected; they’re all bad anyway. And this guy’s down there snorting cocaine, drinking beer and he’s got a couple of prostitutes and he’s trying to… I mean these are the type of guys… they don’t care. They’re making their money. This is a guide who claims he can bring these people all the way to Interstate 10 and he didn’t say he didn’t do it. But you can tell these are guys who are not honorable people – at all. They’re thugs.
If I could just add one more thing: I’ve said it before and I can’t say it enough: that these Biden policies are enriching these violent drug cartels over here. The smuggler I talked to yesterday said these are absolute boom times. They can’t keep up with the demand, and they’re making a lot of money. The group (of 9 Guatemalan immigrants) I interviewed yesterday was a $100,000 group. Those nine guys spent $100,000 among them.”