Illegal Immigrants: Where do they get the money?
This Sacramento Bee story about two Border Patrol agents includes a story I've heard before: "One 24-year-old Brazilian woman said she paid $12,000 to be taken across the border in "a police car."
I've heard similar stories many times, but I'm inclined to disbelieve them. Not so much the police car part, but the money. Where do they get it to begin with?
I'd be hard pressed to come up with a couple thousand dollars to get out of the country. If they lived somewhere they could save up that kind of money, why would they want to use it coming to the U.S.? Seems to me they'd have a pretty decent lifestyle to begin with if they were making that much.
And then to risk it making an illegal border crossing? What if they get caught? They lose it all. Doesn't make sense. Maybe some of you can clear this up for me?