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Cartels charge Indians $21K to help illegally cross into US border lawmakers told

By: Melvin Samuel

Criminal transnational organisations called cartels on average charge $21,000 from Indians to help them illegally cross over the American border, an Arizona Sheriff has told lawmakers here.

The minimum being charged by a cartel for a foreign national to come into the United States illegally is $7,000, Sheriff Mark Dannels of Cochise County, Arizona, told members of the House Judiciary Committee here this week.

Informing the lawmakers that the border along Mexico is not secure, Dannels said criminal transnational organisations called cartels control the south of the US border. “South of it’s all controlled. They control who comes across. There are prices based on who you are. You’re a terrorist coming from a different country,” he said.

“I think India was $21,000, for example. But the minimum is, like, around $7,000 right now. Most of these people don’t have it,” he said in response to a question from Congressman Barry Moore.

“So, when they come across the country, though, they might go through a processing, as the honourable judges talked about, but they’re servants to the cartels at the end, which is usually for the sex trade, gangs, drugs, labour, you name it, I have seen no win-win in this,” he said.


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