Migrants from Central America are Victimized into $250 million kidnapping scheme by Mexican cartels.
Tens of thousands of Central American migrants are being kidnapped, abused and extorted by Mexican gangs just yards from the United States in a growing racket that may be worth up to $250 million a year.
Arriving in ragtag border towns like Reynosa, Mexico’s migrant kidnapping capital where police in armored vehicles patrol the streets and daytime shootouts are commonplace, migrants are picked off buses by gangs who federal authorities say are in cahoots with local officials.
They are then held captive in small houses packed with dozens of fellow migrants, where they are ransomed for up to $5,000 a head. Women who cannot pay face rape, while men risk beatings and conscription into gang ranks, police say.
Juan Marcos Guardado, a 27-year-old roofer, said he was betrayed by a fellow Honduran shortly after arriving by bus in Reynosa. The man handed Guardado over to men who said they were members of the feared Gulf Cartel and extorted $1,500 from his relatives. They then passed him onto another kidnapping group.
In 2010, the ultra-violent Zetas cartel was behind a massacre of 72 kidnapped migrants in the northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas, where both the Zetas and their enemy, the Gulf Cartel, were born.
But a recent surge in the number of Central American migrants heading for the United States – coupled with successful operations by Mexican security forces to disrupt cartels’ drug business – has turned a former sideline into an increasingly important revenue stream for rank and file cartel members.
This story is at the point right now when all members of the Democrat Party should be taking a realistic view of secure borders with Mexico as well as a shared predicament in the lives of these very immigrants.
The story does not take any deviated or unexpected turns especially with regards to the Central American immigrants. These are the very people that the Democrat Party members of the US Congress as well as the executive branch, led by President Obama went and visited before and after the World Cup matches we held in Brazil and quite openly explained by committee the ease of getting into America by using the Refugee – Asylum Act.