A human smuggling operation based in Toronto and another in Montreal moved hundreds of immigrants into the U.S. [from Canada via somewhere between New York and Maine], with some paying $10,000 apiece, American prosecutors said Wednesday in announcing indictments against the groups...There's no indication of any terrorist link but one would imagine the smugglers weren't doing background checks on those they brought over.
[Thomas Anderson, U.S. attorney for Vermont] estimated the groups had brought hundreds of people into the U.S. from South Korea, Pakistan, India and Central America since 2004, though he did not have a specific figure. Some of those people paid as much as $10,000 for the smugglers' services, he said.
Officials said that some of the people brought into the United States had previous criminal records in this country, and that others were vulnerable to being preyed upon by the smugglers...
Immigration2007b · Thu, 11/29/2007 - 19:51 · Importance: 1