U.S to target migrant smugglers as Biden struggles with border crossings


FILE PHOTO: A human smuggler, or coyote, rides a motorcycle on the beach after Honduran migrant families trying to reach the U.S. crossed the Usumacinta river on a boat, at Corozal border crossing in Lacandon jungle, Mexico March 7, 2021. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido/File Photo

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The United States is launching an operation to identify and target human smugglers, the Department of Homeland Security said on Tuesday, as the Biden administration struggles with record numbers of migrants arriving at the southern U.S. border.

DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement that Operation Sentinel would seek to block smugglers' ability to engage in "travel, trade, and finance" in the United States.

The operation will aim to identify smugglers and target their activities by revoking travel documents, suspending trade entities, and freezing financial assets, DHS said.

DHS said smugglers "pose significant dangers to migrants," noting that border patrol agents had found the bodies of 250 migrants who died en route to the United States in fiscal year 2020.

Migrants from Central America and elsewhere often use smugglers to travel to the border and are prone to extortion, kidnapping and other violence.

Roughly 168,000 people were picked up by U.S. Border Patrol agents at the U.S.-Mexico border in March, the highest monthly tally since March 2001.

(Reporting by Mimi Dwyer in Los Angeles, editing by Ross Colvin and Rosalba O'Brien)

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights
   

Next In World

N.Korea derides South's submarine-launched missile as clumsy, rudimentary
Canada's Trudeau may cling to power in election but looks unlikely to secure majority
Australian PM departs for Quad meeting amid French submarine deal fallout
Cambodia bat researchers on mission to track origin of COVID-19
Expelled from Texas, returned Haitians lament lost American dream
‘Devious licks’ videos of damage, thefts bedevil US schools
Sydney COVID-19 cases fall as curbs ease in virus hotspots
France cancels defence meeting with UK over submarine row, sources say
Stockpiled COVID vaccines must be handed to poorer nations, says former UK PM
Russia's ruling pro-Putin party wins parliamentary vote - early results/exit poll

Stories You'll Enjoy


Vouchers