Four of the five people arrested for drug-related crimes along the Mexican border are American citizens, the Daily Beast reports .
Citing a report from the Center for Investigative Reporting, the Daily Beast wrote that the Border Patrol has essentially deceived the public into believing Mexicans are behind most drug busts by emphasizing their arrests in press releases.
Alonzo Peña, a retired deputy director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, accused the U.S. of portraying immigrant as a “boogeyman.”
“After 9/11, the immigrant, terrorist, and criminal and the threat to national security have all been lumped together,” Pena said. “We’re not distinguishing very well who is who.”