Report: Border smugglers earned as much as $14 million a day last month

U.S.-Mexico border traffickers made as much as $14 million a day last month, Fox News has reported.

“Trafficking is a multibillion-dollar industry,” said former Tucson Border Patrol Chief Roy Villareal. “A lot of these vulnerable populations use their life savings. Some are essentially indentured servants and they’re working off this debt for a long period of time. In other cases, some of these migrants are asked to transport narcotics or some form of crime to work off a different part of their debt.”

Immigrants pay smugglers a fee to cover transportation, food, shelter and a guide to get over the border. In some cases, the fees also cover transportation to a place of employment where the worker is expected to remain for years.

Sen. Roger Marshall said last week that cartels are making more money on smuggling migrants through the border than they do moving illegal drugs. Marshall claims that cartels are charging Central American families anywhere from $3,000-$9,000 to get into the U.S.

Marshall blamed President Biden’s reversal of Trump administration policies which include the ‘Remain in Mexico policy’ and border wall construction.

Marshall said President Biden’s reversal of Trump administration policies, including the ‘Remain in Mexico policy’ and border wall construction, are to blame for the record number of immigrants arriving at the border.

U.S. taxpayer costs for the border crisis continue to spike, costing $5 million a day, according to a 2019 figure by the Health and Human Services.

Last week, the Biden administration set aside $86 million to pay for hotel rooms for homeless migrant families near the southern border.

According to data released by the Customs and Border Protection, the number of migrants crossing the southern border more than doubled between January and February of this year.

Around 7,000 migrant families were caught in January compared to nearly 19,000 migrant families caught in February. Additionally, unaccompanied children and single minors caught crossing the southwest border increased from 5,694 in January to 9,297 in February.

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