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Asian migrants pay smugglers up to US $40,000 to reach United States Central Americans pay between $10,000 and $12,000, making smuggling a lucrative business

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/asian-migrants-pay-smugglers-up-to-us-40000/

Published on Friday, July 26, 2019

Migrant are paying higher prices now that Mexico has stepped up security at its borders.

Asian migrants are paying up to US $40,000 to reach the United States via Mexico, according to the newspaper El Universal, while Central Americans pay between $10,000 and $12,000.

The newspaper reported that the strengthening of security at the southern and northern borders – and increased enforcement against undocumented migrants traveling through the country – has led people smugglers to move their customers not just by land but also by air and sea.

The fees they charge have increased as a result.

Migrants hoping to reach the United States from Brazil might pay a total of $12,000 to $15,000 to leave that country and secure passage to the northern border, while Mexicans hand over between $5,000 and $10,000 to smugglers to take them illegally into the U.S., El Universal said.

Human trafficking and the smuggling of migrants has become one of the most lucrative activities for organized crime, according to a 2018 report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, which said that the illegal trade generated profits of $7 billion in 2016.

Ricardo Ramírez Cortés, an official in the anti-human trafficking division of the federal Attorney General’s Office (FGR), said that authorities have been forced to respond to the new ways in which criminals are moving migrants.

He said that earlier this year, authorities arrested members of a criminal group at the Mexico City airport who had been transporting undocumented migrants to the northern border by air.

El Universal said that authorities have also detected smuggling people to Quintana Roo by boat. After disembarking in that state, migrants cross the country to the Pacific coast and then board another vessel headed for the California coast.

United States border patrol agents detained seven migrants and two suspected people smugglers in November last year after a small panga-style boat landed at Laguna Beach, California.

Three of the migrants were Chinese nationals and four were Mexicans, the Los Angeles Times reported. One of the smugglers was a United States citizen and the other had an expired U.S. visa, the newspaper said.

In Mexico, authorities arrested 724 suspected smugglers between 2016 and 2018 but only 63 were sentenced, statistics show.

In the same period, 3,351 migrants who either paid for smugglers’ services or were kidnapped by human traffickers were rescued by authorities.

Last month, police stopped four semi-trailers in Veracruz that were carrying close to 800 undocumented migrants from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, while last week around 150 Central and South Americans were freed from a trailer traveling in the same state.

Federal Police Inspector Marco Vargas said that people smuggling can often turn into human trafficking, pointing out that Brazilian migrants were rescued from such a situation in Tamaulipas a few weeks ago.

Both the Mexican and United States governments are working to dismantle human trafficking rings, an official in the national security department of the United States Embassy in Mexico told El Universal.

Édgar Ramírez said that multiple agencies from both countries are working closely by sharing intelligence information that allows them to identify smuggling routes and the vehicles criminals are using.

He also said that traffickers’ finances are under attack.

The Mexican government said last month that it would block the accounts and seize the assets of the company whose semi-trailers were used to transport the almost 800 migrants to the northern border.

Ramírez said that Customs and Border Protection and the Department of Homeland Security in the Unites States are providing training to authorities in Mexico to help them develop their capacity to combat criminals who smuggle both people and contraband such as drugs, weapons and cash.

However, Inspector Vargas said that even shutting down borders completely wouldn’t put an end to the illicit trafficking of people and goods.

Organized crime has the ability to mutate and criminals will always seek ways to continue their activities, including the use of sea and air routes, he said.

However, since Mexico agreed to step up the enforcement of migration policy as part of an agreement with the United States, migrant arrests have increased significantly.

More than 43,000 undocumented migrants were detained in Mexico in the first 42 days after the June 7 pact was signed, according to preliminary data.

An average of 1,030 arrests per day in the period was 88% higher than that recorded between January and May when there was an average of 547 arrests per day.

Source: El Universal (sp)
 

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Nothing new here - its been going on forever.
 

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Yep and will continue to escalate. As climate change continues, various countries will become increasingly intolerable to live due to a variety of circumstances. Those citizens displaced will look towards resource/technology laden countries to settle. Money to be made off these refugees will continue and increase. Hard to envision what the solutions will be as I feel climate change is here to stay and driven by more than one factor.
 

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This article from Bloomberg gives yet another perspective:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-06-19/migrant-crisis-at-border-how-central-america-encourages-exodus

Exporting People: How Central America Encourages Mass Migration

The three Northern Triangle nations spend preciously little on the poor and then reap the financial benefits when they flee.

Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador are, by all accounts, countries ravaged by gang violence, drug trafficking and extreme poverty. It’s these elements that have driven wave after wave of illegal immigration to the U.S., drawing the ire of President Donald Trump.

And yet the bond market views the nations -- especially the first two -- as stable, almost safe, investments. In some cases, they can borrow at similar rates to regional powerhouses Brazil and Mexico.

It’s an odd thing, almost improbable sounding. And it reveals a surprising truth about these countries: They all have rock-solid fiscal accounts.

How’s that possible in such destitute places? Because, it turns out, they earmark precious little money to basic social programs. Not only does this save them cash, allowing them to hold down their budget deficits, but it has the effect of encouraging the poor -- those who would benefit the most from greater outlays for healthcare or housing -- to emigrate.

This in turn has an added advantage for these nations: The migrants send growing quantities of dollars to their families back home, generating a steady flow of hard currency that is a central pillar of their economies. (For some perspective, their value is roughly 30 times greater than the aid money that a frustrated Trump pulled from the countries this week.)

When all of these elements are stitched together and viewed holistically, it can appear as if the economic model these governments have adopted is one based on exporting people. That might be an over-simplification -- and it may not be the governments’ intent -- but it is the net effect of the policy mix, according to longtime observers of the region.

“Migration is part of the model,” said Seynabou Sakho, the World Bank’s director for Central America. “A country may not have a big deficit, but at the same time, the needs of its people aren’t being met.”......
 

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The USA is racked with gun violence, gangs, people going hungry and homelessness. So send them here to ad to problem ? There is a United Nations agenda mass migration pact. There is an agenda 21 2030 so on to bring third world countries standard of living to our standards and so on. If not then bring us the usa and some others down to third world countries standards of living. It is happening and been happening and will continue to happen.
 

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Also the deep state is embedded into every us government agency. Yes pretty ?. Look around all the info is out there. A sad state of affairs in this country. There is a Civil War going on right now in the US Government.
 

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Right, the citizens can't make a living on what they used to do, basically ag/cattle base business due to the conditions these close to the equator countries are now faced with. Without relief from their government, the breadwinner looks for opportunities in other countries. US is one of those havens.
 
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