Florida Rep. Kat Cammack (R) has been critical of the Biden Administration’s response to growing concerns at the southern border. In a recent letter directed to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the Florida lawmaker accused the social media company of being “complicit in illegal border crossings through ads on its site.”
In a recent interview with Fox News’ Evening Edit, Rep.Cammack further explained the reason behind the letter, commenting that “when I was at the border, I talked to several foreign nationals – some that were teenagers, some that we’re adults, some that were, honestly, little kids – and repeatedly I kept hearing that they found out how to come to the United States illegally through Facebook.” To further investigate what she had been told, Cammack said, “I started doing some basic searches on my phone, and, low and behold, there are not only private groups and public groups set up to entice people and teach people how to come to the United States illegally but there are active advertisements that Facebook is hosting on their platform encouraging people.”
— Congresswoman Kat Cammack (@RepKatCammack) May 7, 2021
In the letter, Cammack cites a recent visit to McAllen, Texas, where she and a group of lawmakers went to meet with Border Patrol Agents.
“Among other issues, I was informed that cartels and human smugglers, also known as coyotes, use Facebook to post paid advertisements that encourage foreign nationals to cross the United States border illegally,” Cammack wrote. She explains that she “heard from migrants who had been smuggled into the U.S. by the cartels that they had not only seen advertisements on Facebook but they had used the platform to arrange payments for illicit smuggling services and other logistical details.”
— RSC (@RepublicanStudy) May 6, 2021
“Within the last month,” Cammack concludes, “more than 50 pages on Facebook have been found that are offering ‘illegal crossing’ services,’” and the Florida lawmaker also attached screenshots to the letter of Facebook pages she found.