If you thought 2020 was bad, you ain’t seen anything yet.
Two years in, it’s still routine for store shelves to be empty and the latest round of ‘Putin’s price hikes’ on milk, pop and eggs have just begun kicking in. It’s gotten so bad that people are renting egg-laying chickens and setting them up in suburban coops. And eggs are being smuggled in from Mexico.
Earlier this week, Jennifer De La O, the director of Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) San Diego Field Operations, tweeted that her office has “recently noticed an increase in the number of eggs intercepted at our ports of entry”.
For some local residents, attempts to purchase eggs in Mexico come as no surprise. A local affiliate of the BBC’s US partner CBS reported that a carton of a dozen eggs costs nearly $8 at some mini-markets in border communities, compared to less than $3 across the border in Tijuana, Mexico.
Anthony Gago, the owner of a market in San Ysidro – which sits on the border with Mexico – noted that some unhappy customers turn away and cross the border into Mexico when faced with high prices.
“Our 100 count eggs are $40. If you buy them separately they cost you $9.99 and it’s obviously more expensive if you buy five,” Mr Gago said.
Border Report, a website which focuses on the US-Mexico border, reported a similar trend along the border between El Paso, Texas – where eggs often cost about $6 – and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, where a carton of eggs costs approximately $3.40.
The Biden administration’s position is that it’s okay to smuggle in illegal aliens across the border, but not bring eggs across the border.
According to Mr Payne, the high fines of up to $10,000 are reserved for illegal commercial shipments. Individuals face civil fines of approximately $300, and those who declare their eggs may avoid fines altogether – although the eggs will be seized and ultimately destroyed.
Who would have imagined 5 years ago that hungry Americans would be smuggling in eggs from Mexico.
That is your country, this is your country under the Left.