abc
QUICK LINKS:

Migrant Smuggler Costs for Crossing Mexico to US

Created: 07/22/2014 7:07 AM KSTP.com

Migration experts and smugglers who charge from $4,000 to $10,000 to move Central Americans to the U.S. say these are some of the payments that must be made to get their human cargo to its destination:
    
- Guide who makes the trip: $500-$600.
    
- Boatmen at Mexico's southern border: $1.50 to cross Suchiate River from Guatemala.
    
- Lodging: $11.50 a room, which can hold many migrants.
    
- Central American gang: At least $100 per migrant to board Mexican freight train known as "La Bestia" The Beast).
    
- Mexican police and immigration officials: $230 to $540 to pass; $25 to $40 a person to free detained migrant.
    
- Drug cartels: $250 to $300 for Mexican migrant, $500 to $700 for Central American, about $1,500 for someone from Europe or Asia, plus 10 percent flat fee per smuggler to cross northern Mexico to U.S. border.
    
- Boatmen at Mexico's northern border:  $100 per immigrant to cross Rio Grande into U.S.
    
- Drivers:  $150 for ride from Rio Grande to stash house; $200 for ride north of Border Patrol's highway checkpoint to Houston.
    
- Caretaker at stash house: $20 per person per day.
    
Source: Migrants, coyotes, court testimony

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

In this July 12, 2014, photo, a young boy is helped down from a freight car, as Central American migrants board a northbound freight train in Ixtepec, Mexico.
Photo: AP/Eduardo Verdugo

Minneapolis/St. Paul

Few Clouds
58°
68° | 48°
  • Feels like: 58° F
  • Wind: W 9mph
  • Humidity: 65%
  • Sat Mainly sunny
    65° | 40°
  • Sun Plenty of sun
    65° | 50°
  • Mon Showers possible in the afternoon
    65° | 45°
  • Tue More clouds than sun
    53° | 36°

Video

KSTP NEWS