Migrants willing to pay up to $30,000 to reach US

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    MEXICO CITY - X-ray machines at checkpoints in southern Mexico are capturing the ghostly outlines of a clandestine business worth billions a year, people packed tighter than cattle and transported like consumer goods in tractor-trailers to the United States.

    The machines, in place for less than two years at two state police checkpoints, have led to the two largest hauls of migrants, who pay anywhere from $7,000 to $30,000 for passage, depending on where they start.

    The United Nations estimates that smuggling migrants across Mexico's border with the U.S. alone is a $6.6 billion business annually, compared with an estimated $10 billion to $29 billion in illegal drug running.

    The migrant-smuggling estimate doesn't include another $1 billion paid by thousands of non-Mexicans to cross from Guatemala and travel north, according to a 2010 U.N. report on transnational crime.

    The 513 people apprehended Tuesday in two trailers in the state of Chiapas, bordering Guatemala, represented at least $3.5 million in cargo.

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    Hmmm? They're supposed to be poor. Where did these assholes get the money? Think America: Out of your banks!!
     
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