Published On: Mon, Jul 21st, 2014

Texas to Send 1,000 Guardsmen to Mexico – U.S. Border

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On Monday July 21st, 2014, a state lawmaker says Texas Governor Rick Perry plans to deploy as many as 1,000 National Guard troops to South Texas to bolster security along the Mexico border.

Rep. Terry Canales says he was briefed by his staff on Sunday following a conference call with the governor’s office, Texas National Guard and the state Department of Public Safety. Perry is scheduled to make the announcement Monday afternoon.

More than 3,000 Border Patrol agents currently work in South Texas, and Perry has repeatedly asked President Barack Obama to send the National Guard to the border.

In June, Perry announced that the state would steer another $1.3 million each week to the Department of Public Safety to assist in border security through at least the end of the year.

Perry toured the border Thursday, joining the Texas Department of Public Safety law enforcement officials for a boat ride down the Rio Grande (Photo: mediaite.com)

Gov. Perry toured the border, joining the Texas Department of Public Safety law enforcement officials for a boat ride down the Rio Grande (Photo: mediaite.com)

Mexico struggles everyday with a continuing flood of northbound child migrants. The Central American migrants pay smugglers to help them pass the country’s porous southern border on their way to the United States, floating across the Suchiate river on rafts made of truck inner tubes and boards lashed together.

It is a fact that migrants have to pay thousands of dollars to get from their country to the U.S., but how much are we talking about?

Migrant Smuggler Costs for Crossing Mexico to US

Migration experts and smugglers who charge from $5,000 to $10,000 to move Central Americans to the U.S. say these are the payments that must be made to get their human cargo to its destination:

— 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: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/lawmaker-texas-send-1000-guardsmen-border-24646712

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