The town of Camargo, in Tamaulipas, has develop into the closing stretch of a harmful route for undocumented immigrants, who, of their try to attain the United States, have to pay human traffickers charges starting from $ 1,500 to $ 7,000 (between 30 thousand and 140 thousand pesos).
In accordance to paperwork from the US Customs and Border Safety (CBP), the value of crossing the border varies based mostly on consolation, safety and assist with which migrants rely on their journey.
CBP investigations, to which MILLENNIUM had entry, reveal that it’s exactly in Camargo the place the final fee is made to the traffickers, in order that the undocumented are interned in the United States.
Patterns in migrant smuggling and the modus operandi of criminals point out that costs are often agreed upon and advances are made, and the complete is settled as soon as the journey to that Tamaulipas metropolis is accomplished.
As soon as the fee is made, the migrants are transported to the border, the place they typically cross the Rio Grande in rafts and even via drainage programs. As soon as in the United States, they’re taken to secure homes in the metropolis of Rio Grande, Texas, the place their transportation to another metropolis or state is later organized.
The CBP info highlights, for instance, that for $ 1,500 a girl had to cross the Rio Grande along with her husband on her personal, who was charged $ 2,000, to later be transported in the trunk of a sedan-type automobile to Houston, Texas.
For $ 3,100, guides introduce migrants to the United States, via rafts on the Rio Grande, and for 3,500 they’re transported in a automobile however as passengers, and not in the trunk.
For instance, prison grievance quantity M-14-1471-M, initiated earlier than the McAllen Division of the South Court docket of the District of Texas, states that the migrant Iván Arias García had to pay $ 3,100 to be illegally launched in United States.
« Arias declared that he had made offers to be taken to the United States with an individual recognized as ‘Mari’. This occurred in Camargo, Tamaulipas, the place he agreed to pay $ 3,100 to be taken to the United States, led by three guides, » says the official doc of the American authority.
As a substitute, for $ 7,000, the migrants are crossed by smugglers who transport them on rafts down the Rio Grande and, as soon as on land, smuggle them into giant vans. What’s extra, are housed and fed for a number of days in secure homes, earlier than taking them to their locations.
This was the case of José Antonio Hernández Morales, whose expertise was established in prison grievance quantity M-18-2375-M, additionally initiated earlier than the McAllen Division of the South Court docket of the District of Texas.
It establishes that Hernández made the settlement with the migrant smugglers for that amount of cash. « He took a bus to the border metropolis of Camargo and was taken to the Rio Grande (Rio Bravo), the place in boats, together with three different individuals, he crossed the border to the United States. On the different facet of the river, a Tahoe (truck) was ready for them. The black lady they boarded. He indicated that, throughout the street journey, they have been requested to stoop, as a result of the driver noticed the Border Patrol, « it’s indicated in the paperwork to which MILLENNIUM had entry.
CBP investigations additionally present how, on many events, migrants are transported in inhumane circumstances; For instance, three people have been discovered hiding in the trunk of a Ford Focus in 2011.
In 2019, an try was even made to enter, via the border port of Rio Grande, a minor underneath 4 years outdated, with a faux beginning certificates. The individuals who tried to smuggle him into the United States confessed that they’d picked him up in Camargo.
This case might show that there’s a modus operandi, on the a part of some traffickers, that provide cash to civilians in trade for migrants coming into the United States.
Nonetheless, Camargo shouldn’t be solely some extent of intense visitors of undocumented immigrants. Reviews and arrests made by the United States border authorities present how the Los Zetas and the Gulf cartels used the space to management the heroin commerce, cocaine and marijuana to the northern nation, in addition to the sending of cash from the narco.
It’s precisely that very same route, the one from Camargo to Rio Grande, the one which the Los Zetas and the Gulf cartels have used since 2009 to visitors heroin, cocaine, marijuana and money. A route that, in conversations intercepted by the DEA, was guarded by each cartels once they fashioned an alliance, to forestall different prison teams from profitable their place.
In accordance to the 2020 U.S. Congressional Report on Organized Crime and Drug Trafficking Organizations, the space is now fought over by the sizzling land cartels, led by the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel (CJNG).