Number of Teens Who Smuggle Illegal Immigrants Across Border Is On the Rise
Doing the Work Americans Won’t Do–
Authorities now believe teens who smuggle illegal immigrants across the border is on the rise.
Valley Central reported:
Authorities in Hidalgo County are battling a rise in teens who smuggle humans.
A repeat offender was back in juvenile court facing several charges.
Authorities believe a 15-year-old human smuggler has smuggled immigrants into the country more than once and has been deported twice.
Hidalgo County authorities said coyotes use their age to get them in and out of the system, making them a threat to the community.
Human smugglers are now turning to teens to do their dirty work.
“If the federal government can’t touch them, then what do they have to lose?”
Because of their age, teen smugglers can be in and out of the system quickly and often becoming repeat offenders.
That is what landed a 15-year-old immigrant back in juvenile court today.
“We’ve seen him here before; it’s not the first time,” the judge said.
Judge Jesse Contreras let him out on probation on his first offense a year ago.
It was a decision he made because of a limited budget.