The National Assessment of the Threat of Gangs, citing information from Congress, said that alien smuggling networks’ can not move their human cargo through brokers controlled by drug cartels without paying a fee. ”
‘The typical illegal immigrant now pays between 200 thousand and 500 dollars for their entry into the U.S.. The rate is much higher for the smuggled aliens from countries other than Mexico, which is more attractive to the cartels’, he said.
‘It is estimated that criminals obtain billions of dollars each year for smuggling aliens through Mexico to the United States’, according to information cited by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), obtained from the National Security Committee of the House of Representatives.
The National Assessment of the Threat of Gangs until last April estimated that the U.S. had 33,000 of these national groups with a membership of 1.4 million people.
‘The gangs continue to expand, evolve and become more violent’, acknowledged the deputy director of the Criminal Investigation Division of the FBI, Kevin Perkins.
The report documented the evolution of criminal activity including greater involvement in ‘non-traditional crimes’ and trafficking, alien smuggling, crimes and white-collar as forgeries, identity theft and mortgage fraud.
“The gangs are becoming more adaptable and sophisticated, using new and advanced technologies to facilitate criminal activity, increase their criminal operations and connect with other gang members,” the FBI said.
- FBI report: Gang membership spikes (cnn.com)