Media Encouraging Border Crossings, Illegal Migrants Claim
The Daily Caller reports:
“The whole word knows, they put it in the news. They tell us everywhere if you come to the United States, they’ll help you,” said a Honduran woman apprehended at the southern border near the Rio Grande Valley. Speaking to CBS 4 news, a local news outlet, she and her family claimed they decided to make the trek to the U.S.-Mexico border after seeing several advertisements.
Numerous ads in Central America, reportedly paid for by operatives in the human smuggling business, are promising locals jobs and free help from the U.S. if they reach the border.
Additionally, the ads are telling readers that they have a better chance of getting through law enforcement if they bring a child: “We’ve been told if you are a father you can bring your child and you will be helped here if you’re in that situation,” the pastor explained.
While Central America's human trafficking industry produces numerous victims, it is a multi-billion dollar criminal enterprise that has made recruiters rich.
“It’s never been easier for us to get families in,” Germán, a client recruiter in Guatemala, said earlier in April. “People want to leave, and we help them,” he continued. “And I happen to make money in the process.”
Germán's operation offers a variety of packages for those desperate for a better life in America. They include cheaper options for those desperate enough to risk taking life-threatening routes.
Authorities experienced a 300 percent increase in the number of family units so far this year compared to 2018, according to Customs and Border Protection, straining the capacity of immigration detention facilities to the breaking point.
Illegal border crossings hit a decade-long high in February, yet remain historically low compared to crossings from the 1980s through the mid-2000s.