Sunday, September 9, 2007

Familias que pagan por traer a sus familiares de Cuba ilegalmente sera procesados

Sep 9, 2007 12:47 pm US/Eastern

Families Who Pay Smugglers May Be Arrested


In an effort to combat the rising tide of Cuban migrants to the U.S., Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials and the Department of Homeland Security may soon start targeting, and prosecuting, family members who pay smugglers to bring their loved ones into this country illegally.

Our news partners at the Miami Herald report according to customs officials, anyone who pays a smuggler becomes part of a 'criminal conspiracy' and therefore subject to criminal prosecution.

ICE says smugglers have been know to charge between $7-thousand to $10-thousand per person to transport Cuban migrants to South Florida. A trip with 50 or more migrants tightly packed onto a boat will yield the smuggler half a million dollars for a single trip. If the boat is intercepted by the U.S. Coast Guard before it reaches its destination the migrant's families don't have to pay.

As Coast Guard, Border Patrol, and other security officials put more and more pressure on smugglers trying to bring migrants to South Florida, ICE says more smugglers are beginning to shift their operations to Mexico, where Mexican officials report the number of Cubans arriving in the Yucatán Peninsula is on the rise.

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