Migrant smuggler costs for crossing Mexico to US
- Article by: The Associated Press
- Associated Press
- July 21, 2014 - 1:15 PM
Migration experts and smugglers who charge from $4,000 to $10,000 to move Central Americans to the U.S. say these are some of the payments that must be made to get their human cargo to its destination:
— Guide who makes the trip: $500-$600.
— Boatmen at Mexico's southern border: $1.50 to cross Suchiate River from Guatemala.
— Lodging: $11.50 a room, which can hold many migrants.
— Central American gang: At least $100 per migrant to board Mexican freight train known as "La Bestia" The Beast).
— Mexican police and immigration officials: $230 to $540 to pass; $25 to $40 a person to free detained migrant.
— Drug cartels: $250 to $300 for Mexican migrant, $500 to $700 for Central American, about $1,500 for someone from Europe or Asia, plus 10 percent flat fee per smuggler to cross northern Mexico to U.S. border.
— Boatmen at Mexico's northern border: $100 per immigrant to cross Rio Grande into U.S.
— Drivers: $150 for ride from Rio Grande to stash house; $200 for ride north of Border Patrol's highway checkpoint to Houston.
— Caretaker at stash house: $20 per person per day.
Source: Migrants, coyotes, court testimony
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