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Latino Daily News

Monday July 18, 2011

Surge of Undocumented Coming Into U.S. are Not From Central or South America, but India

Surge of Undocumented Coming Into U.S. are Not From Central or South America, but India

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As the immigration debate continues, there has indeed been a surge of undocumented immigrants coming through Central and South America, but most of those coming into the U.S. are not Latin American.

Due to the struggling economy, the number of Central and South American migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border has dropped considerably in recent years.

Over the last two years authorities have notices the surge of migrants traveling through the south are from India.

Since fewer people are heading into the U.S., smugglers are looking for more “high-value cargo” like Indians, as some are willing to pay as much as $20,000 to make the trip.

The Associated Press stated that between October 2009 and March 2011, Border Patrol detained more than 2,600 undocumented immigrants from India. In previous years, the number ranged from just 150 to 300 annually.