Bloomberg Law
April 27, 2021, 10:24 PM

Biden Targets Smuggler Finances, Visas Amid GOP Border Criticism

Shaun Courtney
Shaun Courtney

The Biden administration is targeting criminal networks in a bid to counter the smuggling of migrants, while curtailing civil enforcement actions in or near courthouses against those currently in the U.S.

“Smugglers disregard our borders, and our laws, while endangering the lives of those they smuggle,” Ian Brownlee, acting assistant secretary for consular affairs at the State Department, said on a call with reporters Tuesday. “This operation allows us to both protect our borders, and to protect would-be immigrants from those who trade in the desperation of others.”

The move to curb civil enforcement is designed to reassure immigrants that ...