Part of the reason we’re seeing this sudden influx of minors at the border.
Guatemalan crooks net $61 million annually
Contributing to the exodus from the Northern Triangle to the U.S. border, gangs and copycat criminals are shaking down Central American businessmen for hundreds of millions of dollars a year.
Guatemalans alone are being hosed for $61 million a year according to that country’s interior ministry. Shares of the extortion proceeds are sent up the chain of command to key regional gangs including Barrio 18, Mara Salvatrucha, and Los Paisas, which perpetuates the cycle of violence.
Previous attempts to bring the extortion rackets under control have been unsuccessful.
The violence and extortion problem contribute to the flight of illegal immigrants toward North America. Human smuggling “coyotes” have successfully recruited children to make the trip, telling them that they would be granted legal status in the U.S. based on the Obama administration’s “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” policy. Besides, there are few opportunities locally other…
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