Saturday, December 15, 2018

CBP Chief: Central American Smugglers Act Like ‘Travel Agencies’ Advertising Catch and Release

Kevin McAleenan, commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), said on Friday that human smugglers in Central America act like “travel agencies” to convince individuals and families to pay thousands of dollars to reach the U.S. border with Mexico.
McAleenan, who made the remarks at the Council of the Americas in Washington, DC, said there must be “awareness and recognition” about what is “actually being advertised by smugglers who start this at the retail level — almost like a travel agencies in communities in Central America, saying ‘If you bring a child with you, you will be released if you cross the border illegally and you’ll be allowed to stay in the United States.'”
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