Human Smuggling and Trafficking

The roles played by criminal individuals or organized groups in cross-border human smuggling and human trafficking activities.

Human smuggling to Puerto Rico across the Mona Passage
April 5, 2020

CBP Air and Marine Operations intercepted a vessel with 35 migrants from Haiti and the Dominican Republic attempting to reach Puerto Rico. They were crossing the treacherous Mona Passage in a small, single-engine yola.

Why children are separated from their parents at the border
March 25, 2020

A news report developing on the case of an illegal immigrant from Honduras reveals why migrant children are separated from their parents. The incident involved a child who was born in a hospital near San Diego, thereby becoming a U.S. citizen.

How to detect a "shipment" of illegal immigrants
March 22, 2020

Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Sector discovered 42 illegal immigrants being smuggled in an enclosed utility trailer. They had been crammed together with no room for movement and no exit. The driver and passengers were placed under arrest.

Sex trafficking in Queens, New York
March 8, 2020

Testimony in Brooklyn Federal Court reveals the workings of a Mexico-based sex trafficking operation servicing clients in Queens, NY. According court statements, victims were forced to comply by threats made to the lives of family members still in Mexico.

Three cases of child smuggling in Laredo, Texas
January 10, 2020

Three people in their twenties have entered guilty pleas in separate cases involving the cross-border smuggling of children. All three incidents occurred in October 2019 in Laredo, Texas. In two of the three cases the smuggler was from Indianapolis.

Alien smuggling within the U.S. is being organized via social media ads
December 7, 2019

Alien smuggling within the U.S. is being organized via social media ads. ICE Homeland Security Investigations is trying to identify those responsible for the online recruitment efforts. Meanwhile, those who answer the ads face severe penalties if they are caught.

Smuggler faces life sentence after illegal drowns in Rio Grande in Laredo
December 5, 2019

A smuggler from Guatemala faces a life sentence after an illegal immigrant drowned in the Rio Grande in Laredo, Texas. The incident came to the attention of U.S. Border Patrol when they interviewed eye-witnesses who stated that the smuggler saw the man drowning and refused to help.

Cross-border cooperation against human and narcotics smugglers near Nogales
December 4, 2019

Operating out of Nogales, Arizona, the Tucson Sector of the U.S. Border Patrol participated in a four-day cross-border operation to disrupt and dismantle a group of Mexican human and narcotics smugglers operating on both sides of the border.

Mexican cartels control human smuggling across the southern border
October 6, 2019

U.S. government immigration officials testify before Congress that Mexican drug cartels are in complete control of human smuggling at the U.S. southern border. U.S. immigration policy incentivizes human smuggling similar to how narcotics trafficking is incentivized.

CBP Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan: Congress encourages child trafficking by failing to act
August 3, 2019

In testimony before a Senate committee, Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan explained how Congressional refusal to fix immigration legislation is encouraging the trafficking of Mexican children to the United States.

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