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How Sea Smuggling Works

September 30, 2012 (1 min read)

"As federal officials raised fortress-like fences and deployed more border agents to the U.S.-Mexico land border, they successfully pinched off smuggling routes.  At the same time, they inadvertently pushed illegal immigration to the ocean.  The losers in this game are those who dare to cross by sea, border authorities said.  They pay more and take higher risks than ever before.  Those who benefit are the smugglers who get the money – the new smuggling organizations and the drug cartel leaders they pay for safe passage.  Sea smuggling operations are generally a small, tight maritime community of people with seafaring skills and knowledge of the Baja waters, said an undercover local agent assigned to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement maritime task force." - Cindy Carcamo, Orange County Register, Sept. 30, 2012.