Migrant Hybrid Warfare at Southern Borders

The manipulation of migrant flows by Mexican cartels emerges as a pivotal challenge to national security and human rights, intertwining criminal enterprise with geopolitical strife. The brief explores the operational dynamics and strategic implications of major cartels, including the Sinaloa Cartel, Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), Gulf Cartel, and Los Zetas, with a focus on their exploitation of border vulnerabilities and engagement in hybrid warfare tactics. Through control of smuggling routes, these entities profit from trafficking drugs, weapons, and humans while simultaneously using migrants to undermine U.S. border security measures and legal frameworks. The cartels employ techniques reminiscent of insurgent groups, establishing shadow governance to destabilize regions for further financial gain. Our comprehensive review underlines the need for strategies addressing the dual issues of smuggling operations and migration exploitation.

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