Smuggling Migrants to the U.S. Is Big Business

Posted on AllSides July 5th, 2022
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The business of smuggling migrants to the U.S.—such as the 53 who died after being left in a truck in San Antonio—has grown quickly with more illegal immigration and stronger links between smugglers and organized crime, according to U.S. and Mexican officials.

Migrants from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador pay an estimated $1.7 billion a year to smugglers known as coyotes, according to a 2021 United Nations study. By far the biggest users of coyotes are Guatemalans.

“Migrant smuggling has become an industrial business. Demand is huge and rising, and that means you need...

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