The task force will include, in particular, federal prosecutors and employees of the Department of Homeland Security, the US Department of Justice said.
The administration of US President Joe Biden announced the formation of a new joint task force that will combat criminal groups operating in Mexico and the countries of the Northern Triangle (El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras) engaged in human trafficking and the illegal transport of migrants. This was reported by The Hill newspaper.
The new task force, called Alpha, will include, as stated in the US Department of Justice, federal prosecutors and employees of the Department of Homeland Security, who, in cooperation with other law enforcement agencies, will identify and bring to justice members of gangs operating in these countries that carry out “people smuggling.”
“Transnational networks that carry out illegal transportation and human trafficking pose a serious criminal threat,” the publication quotes the memo of the head of the Ministry of Justice, Attorney General Merrick Garland, addressed to federal prosecutors. The Joint task force, he explained, will pursue those “who smuggle people into the United States, with an emphasis on identifying individuals and networks that allow abuse, exploitation, or threats against those they smuggle [across the border].” Priority will also be given to those who “pose a threat to [US] national security or are associated with transnational organized crime.”
“We will take measures to identify smugglers and people associated with them to improve the security of the US border and help save the lives of people at risk, who are constantly being hunted by these organizations,” The Hill quotes the head of the US Department of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, as saying.