Customs and Border Protection Gets Serious about Stopping Cross-Border Smuggling. Of EGGS!
A trip to the supermarket can be as scary as a trip to the gas station these days, especially if you have eggs on your shopping list. In some places around the country, a dozen eggs can set you back more than $8. Meanwhile, on the other side of the border in Mexico, you can pick up a pallet of 30 eggs for about $3.
Guess what that means? Yup, there has been a spike in egg smuggling across our porous southern border. A 108 percent increase in the number of illegal (or should we say, undocumented) eggs seized at the border between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, to be precise. And, by golly, the brass at Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is aiming to do something about it.
Jennifer De La O, the Director of Field Operations for the San Diego sector has responded by issuing a Tweet warning people about the dangers and consequences of egg smuggling. “The San Diego Field Office has recently noticed an increase in the number of eggs intercepted at our ports of entry. As a reminder, uncooked eggs are prohibited entry from Mexico into the U.S. Failure to declare agriculture items can result in penalties of up to $10,000.” That could be an awfully expensive omelet.
The message is very clear: Millions of illegal aliens? Sure. Tons of fentanyl? No problem. Eggs? That’s a $10,000 fine. We gotta draw the line somewhere!