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FBI Director Christopher Wray commented Thursday that there is “no question” that cartel activity from Mexico is “spilling over” into the U.S., as a massive influx of migrants continues to cross the southern border.

At a House Judiciary Committee hearing, Representative Tom McClintock asked Wray whether the FBI was aware of incidents in which border patrol officials encountered migrants who owed debts to cartels and smugglers.

“Certainly, we have seen quite a number of such instances, absolutely,” Wray said.

McClintock asked if the cartels collect those debts via indentured servitude, to which Wray responded, “In some cases, definitely.”

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