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Migrant smuggler costs for crossing Mexico to US


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  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    July 22, 2014 7:23 p.m.

    It appears that once again the Obama administration has been caught making up talking points in order to further their agenda of unfettered illegal immigration.

    No, the illegal trespassers aren't "destitute".

    No, its' not just "unaccompanied minor children" - its WHOLE families. The border patrol says three-fourths of those apprehended are families. A Congressman who was able to gain access to the detention facities says between 85-93% of the detainees are families. The ONLY ones entitled to claim "refugee" status are the "unaccompanied minors" - so why are all the rest allowed to have a detention hearing?

    Obviously, the "poor, destitute, minor children" issue/label was meant to sway our sentiments regarding illegal trespassing.

    Just like Benghazi, Fast and Furious, IRS scandals, Bo Bergdahl, etc. it didn't work out so well once America discovered the truth.

  • mrjj69 bountiful, UT
    July 22, 2014 11:21 a.m.

    they aren't "migrants". they are illegal aliens

  • CA. reader Rocklin, CA
    July 22, 2014 10:06 a.m.

    This brings to light an interesting fact about these matters. In all immigration fraud, be it smuggling or counterfeit documents, friends and relatives are willing to loan or give money to those who want to come here. It is amazing how quickly they can raise so much money. It is a little like the Perpetual Emigration Fund. Once you are here you are expected to join in as soon as you can. Once again, were it not for the rampant corruption in most of these countries, these poor folks could put the money to much better use in their homelands.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    July 22, 2014 8:35 a.m.

    You could get a passport and a plane ticket and a nice hotel for a few months with $10,000, heck your whole family could take a 2 week luxury cruise to America. So what's wrong with this silly story? Why wouldn't they come the way the rest of the illegals come?

    This reads like a faux radio opinuendo, more than actual research.

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    July 21, 2014 10:20 p.m.

    Yes, how many people could come up with $10,000 per family member just like that?

  • Brio Alpine, UT
    July 21, 2014 9:26 a.m.

    At anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000 per person to get to the USA border, it's now obvious these latest illegal immigrants aren't destitute. There is a large percentage of people in the world who can't afford to pay that much.

    As many of these people have verified while being interviewed, the primary reason for this current flood of illegals is because of word on the street in South America that now is the time to come... that people (and especially minors) won't get sent back... because of Obama's relatively recent Executive Order to replace his "Dream Act" that Congress wouldn't pass.

    And because of that, our immigration system is now overwhelmed. Border agents aren't currently able to do what they were hired to do, which is to guard the border. As such, there are a lot more drugs getting through, as well as criminals who could never qualify to come here legally.

    There are many politicians and others who are claiming that sending 1,000 National Guardsmen to temporarily assist would dramatically help the situation. Sadly, Obama won't try that or anything else. He's reinforcing his "do-nothing president" reputation.