Cartels use ads on social media apps like TikTok to recruit American teens to smuggle migrants into US

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Cartels are using social media apps such as TikTok to recruit American teenagers to help smuggle illegal immigrants into the United States, according to a Fox News report.

The online ads soliciting “drivers” promise young people “easy cash” to drive migrants past checkpoints mostly located on major highways heading north in the southern U.S. border area.

American teens in South Texas are reportedly being targeted by cartels to drive illegal immigrants through U.S. checkpoints and then transport them to a “drop-off location like a store parking lot, where the migrants are then picked up by someone trusted by the cartel and transferred to stash houses scattered along the border.”

The report claims that American teens “often use their parents’ SUVs to make these trips to ferry migrants, without them knowing.”

“One teenager’s mother, a nurse, started crying when she got a call from authorities about the business her daughter was conducting,” Fox News said. “But with authorities so overwhelmed, teens are often getting little more than a slap on the wrist.”

The news outlet posted screenshots from social media showing criminal organizations offering American young adults as much as $3,500 per trip to transport migrants across the U.S. southern border. The rides provided by American teens enable illegal immigrants to sneak past the U.S. Border Patrol without having to traverse the harsh terrain of northern Mexico.

More than 172,000 people in total attempted to cross into the United States last month, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. CBP said 18,890 unaccompanied children were encountered by U.S. border authorities in March — a 100% increase over February.

CBP officials say that each day there are nearly 1,000 “got aways” or illegal immigrants sneaking into the U.S. without being identified or taken into custody, which is the “highest in recent memory,” according to a Washington Post report.

A 2019 report from Quartz said illegal immigrants pay coyotes between $6,000 and $10,000 to be smuggled into the United States. A Reuters article from last year said prices ranged from $7,000 to $14,000.

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