Juvenile immigrant drivers

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) — Unauthorized migration is up three-fold in the El Paso Sector compared to last year, as transnational criminal organizations step up their involvement in human smuggling.

The federal government is reporting a 313.8% increase nationwide, with 1,076,242 migrants apprehended.

El Paso Border Patrol Sector Chief Angela Chavez stated that “El Paso’s region is being targeted by transnational criminal organizations, and the concern is that now these organizations are targeting United States citizen juveniles.

These are kids under 18 that are being recruited to do the act of smuggling because they know they won’t face the level of prosecution as an adult.” The Border Patrol is working with the Sunland Park Police Department to discourage teens from hiring themselves out as drivers for migrant smugglers.