ICE and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) continue to be overwhelmed by the influx of undocumented people.
It has only gotten worse since the end of May when the Biden administration ended Title 42 enforcement. The Trump-era law was used to quickly return immigrants to their original homes, citing COVID-19 public-health concerns.
The Biden administration has nominal enforcement of border security. And has encouraged policies making it difficult to enforce existing laws.
The arrest in Washington comes weeks after 53 people died in the back of a sweltering truck in San Antonio, Texas. Two men have been indicted in what is the largest known number of deaths in human smuggling.
Reports are that migrants are sometimes being trafficked after they arrive in the US. And they are also at risk in the dangerous conditions on the way to the US. Along with the very real possibility of falling prey to human traffickers, many women and children report being raped on the journey.