Immigration: The coyotes’ job, in dollars

El Nuevo Herald has a report that has not made its way yet into the Miami Herald, Coyotes, detrás de millonario tráfico de migrantes (Coyotes, behind the multi-million immigrant trade).

Among the findings:

  • It’s a high-risk business, generating an estimated US$6.6 billion per year.
  • Each illegal alien pays $5,000-$10,000.
  • The human traffic networks bribe authorities, gangs controlling railways, and drug cartels’ tax.
  • The profit is estimated at US$3,500-$4,000 per illegal alien per successful trip.
  • The field guides may not necessarily know who they work for.
  • Mexican teens may work as field guides since they are returned to Mexico and not charged as adults. They are paid $100 per illegal alien.
  • U.S. citizens are paid $150-$200 per illegal alien when delivering them to safe houses.

The reporters interviewed some of the coyotes, from one that claims to charge $2,500 from the Guatemala-US trip, to another who charges US$10,000 from Central America to the US. The $10,000 includes hotels, bribes, and a cut for the cartels, but there may be an additional $5,000 fee for hazard pay if the Zetas must be avoided/paid off.

I continue to ask, who’s paying for the current invasion? Or are we supposed to believe that tens of thousands of Central America’s indigents suddenly could come up with the money to pay the coyotes? And that the coyotes are not getting paid?

Added:
Seton asks, And does the report say how much is saved by the Obama Administration picking up the last leg of the process?

UPDATE:
The AP article, in English, MIGRATION SPOTLIGHTS MEXICAN ‘COYOTE’ SMUGGLERS

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5 Responses to “Immigration: The coyotes’ job, in dollars”

  1. Russ Says:

    I live in Honduras, and the answer I have heard about who pays is that the immigrants are using credit that is paid once they are working in US. If not paid, consequences for them and families back home. More violence headed our way I guess as unpaid accounts are settled…..

  2. Fausta Says:

    That’s a terrifying, and very real, possibility, Russ

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