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?
The AP article, in English, MIGRATION SPOTLIGHTS MEXICAN ‘COYOTE’ SMUGGLERS
Gov. Rick Perry deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops to border
Remember the Chong Chon Gang, the North Korean rust bucket caught by the Panamenians carrying attack planes and armaments?
Now there’s the Mu Du Bong!
(No, I did not make up that name.)
A North Korean freighter has run aground in the Gulf of Mexico just days after a stop in Havana that sparked comparisons with another Pyongyang vessel captured last summer with an illegal shipment of Cuban weapons.
The 130-metre Mu Du Bong grounded on a reef about 11km from the Mexican port of Tuxpan, according to shipping officials. The task of pulling it off the reef would be complicated and take several days, they said.
And, of course, the Mu Du Bong and the Chong Chon Gang share another feature (aside from the same commercial agent, Ocean Maritime Management Company, and the same penurious lack of maintenance),
Both freighters sailed in Cuba waters but their exact locations were a mystery for several days because there were no reports from their automatic location beacons, required by safety regulations. The Chong Chon Gang turned off its beacon to hide its locations, UN investigators found later.
Nothing to see here . . .
Just as the headlines feature a Video Posted by Ukrainian Government Shows Russian Surface-to-Air Missile Carrier Hightailing It Back to Russia… Missing One Missile, Russia will reopen spy base in Cuba
A report that Russia will reopen a Havana base that eavesdropped on U.S. communications from Key West to Washington has triggered fresh warnings of Moscow’s expansionism and predictions of a continued freeze in U.S.-Cuba relations.
Until its closure in 2002, the Lourdes base was Moscow’s largest intelligence facility abroad, with up to 1,500 KGB and GRU military intelligence officers manning an array of antennas and computers in the super-secret 28-square-mile base.
The article says, “If true, reports that Russia will reopen a spy base in Cuba will complicate, if not halt, any Obama administration effort to warm up relations with Havana,” which is risible, considering current U.S. foreign policy.
Bolivia becomes first nation to legalise child labour from age 10
Bolivia says law reflects reality in country where 1 million children regularly work, but activists complain it will increase poverty and contravenes United Nations conventions
Colombian drug boss ‘The Mouse’ arrested by Spanish police
Hernan Alonso Villa is considered to be leader of the Oficina de Envigado cartel which is accused of 400 killings and is connected to the now-dismantled Medellin cartel
ALBA’s Favorite Lobbyist
Opening of Mexican Energy Sector Takes Step Forward
Mexico’s Senate voted to give Mexican companies a greater role in energy projects under the landmark opening of the country’s oil and gas sectors, tightening the national content rules that President Enrique Peña Nieto had proposed and partly satisfying demands of local industry groups.
On Southern Border, Mexico Faces Crisis of Its Own
Mexico has announced plans for tightened deportation and border control policies as its migrant numbers surge in response to worsening gang violence in Central America.
The week’s posts:
Andrew McCarthy on the border invasion
At Da Tech Guy Blog:
This week in smart diplomacy
Last month I was asking
- who’s behind the illegal invasion?
- who’s organizing the massive transfer of tens of thousands of people across the U.S.-Mexico border?
- who’s paying for it?
On my June 14th post:
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? Or that the coyotes are not getting paid?
Yesterday Steven Hayward added to the questions,
• The level of violence and misery in central American nations has been severe for many years. Why are current conditions thought to be a catalyst for a surge in refugees now? Something has changed. What?
• The passage of a child trafficking law in 2008—The Wilberforce Act—is insufficient to explain what has taken place. Someone has put the word out widely in the region. Who? By what means? Purely word of mouth, or has someone organized a publicity effort to spread the word? Persuading mothers to surrender their children to be transported a thousand miles away is not an automatic sell, even with the vague promise that Obama will take care of them. What are families specifically being told? Where is the CIA in all this? Do we have agents on the ground in central America figuring out who is publicizing and organizing this massive movement?
• It is not a simple matter for children to travel a thousand miles to get to the U.S. How are the logistics being organized for transporting thousands of children thousands of miles? Who is hiring the buses? Someone is paying for this. Who?—Drug cartels? How much is this costing?
• The Washington Post reported yesterday that the Obama administration was warned a year ago that a flood of refugee children might be on its way. The story points to a bland and tautological Dept. of Homeland Security report that attributes the rising number of UACs to its inability to process the numbers now appearing, thereby creating a backlog. It offers no insight—in fact doesn’t even raise the question—as to why the numbers are surging. It must have been written by the same people who run VA hospitals.
• It is a curious thing that the Obama administration apparently put out for bid a contract to process 65,000 children some months before they started showing up in large numbers. Why was this done? What was the information that led the administration to take this step? It’s almost as though someone knew what was coming.
The White House blames the cartels,
That’s the same White House, by the way, which hid a huge spike in “family units” who are illegally crossing the Texas border, according to the Border Patrol’s data (emphasis added):
the number of migrants who cross the border in so-called “family units” has spiked five-fold to 55,420, according to the border patrol’s data, which came out amid a storm of news about the shoot-down of a Malaysian aircraft in Ukraine, delays in failed U.S. nuke talks with Iran, and on Hamas’ continued war against Israel.
In the Rio Grande area where most of the migrants are crossing the border, the number of so-called “unaccompanied children” was actually outnumbered by the inflow by adults, parents and children in “family units,” according to the data.
Many questions, but particularly, cui bono?
Related: Illiberal Immigration ‘Reform’.
The asylum racket
It is a grave error to view the swarming of illegal aliens across our southern border as anything other than a challenge to our sovereignty — a challenge abetted, rather than repulsed, by a president who vows to “fundamentally transform the United States of America.” The challenge brings into sharp relief a question I’ve repeatedly pressed (see, e.g., here, here, here, and here): If the states cannot or will not defend themselves, are they still, in any real sense, sovereign?
Read the whole thing.
While you’re at it, note this: Only 21% of the 240,000 people who have crossed the border illegally in recent months in the Rio Grande Valley are minors. As McCarthy points out,
Moreover, the children at issue are not really “unaccompanied” as that term is defined in the federal code. Again, the law is intended to protect children who are forced to come to our country for certain nefarious purposes. The children in this case overwhelmingly have family members who have taken up residence in the U.S., often illegally. Joining these family members is the objective of their illegal entry. Many of the “children” are also gang members who, while technically minors, voluntarily come here to wreak havoc. Finally, even if we were to concede, for argument’s sake, that the human-trafficking law truly applies, its own terms allow its suspension in exceptional circumstances — a fact acknowledged by Senator Feinstein, an author of the law, who told the New York Times that the law has the “flexibility” to allow for accelerated removal proceedings.
The question remains, Why isn’t Obama sending illegals to states with vulnerable Dems?
By the Numbers: Central American Immigrants in U.S. (click to enlarge)
My latest at Da Tech Guy Blog, This week in smart diplomacy, is up. Please read it, comment, and hit Da Tip Jar!
After seven years of planning, $14 billion (more than three times what it cost to put on the 2010 tournament in South Africa) and 31 days of competition, this:
FIFA president Sepp Blatter says Brazil may have been wrong choice to host 2014 World Cup
Weeks after the protests in Brazil that marred the Confederations Cup, Blatter conceded ‘if this happens again we have to question whether we made the wrong decision awarding the hosting rights.’
Russia’s the next host: Russia insists finishing stadiums not a problem, and hey, as hosts, they don’t even need to qualify.
Interesting article by Shannon Tiezzi, China’s Goals in South America
China’s main goals in South America are economic, but it also hopes to win public and political support.
an economic push by China is also a soft power push, as Beijing uses its funding (both public and private) to win goodwill in developing countries. This is also accompanied by China’s hope to increase cultural exchanges and establish more Confucius Institutes in the region. There are currently 32 Confucius Institutes in Latin America, according to Xinhua.
It’s China’s hope that economic support and soft power will translate to political backing, a strategy that Beijing has used in Africa as well.
And let’s not forget a little palm greasing may be involved, too.
Shipping off jailed terrorists to the tri-border area? No problem!