Victoria Perez spent 10 months as a migrant smuggler and made $200,000 over that time.
According to Washington Times the $200,000 she earned for what was essentially part-time work exceeds the annual salary of a member of Congress. It works out to three times the starting pay for Border Patrol agent. Perez was a gig worker, contracting herself as a driver for a much larger organization.
The surge of illegal immigrants is enriching the cartels. That’s true to an extent, but most of the money ends up not in the hands of the Gulf Cartel or Zetas, but in the pockets of people like Perez.
“Demand is so strong that the prices are going up. There’s huge huge money being made right now.” said Todd Bensman, a fellow at the huge Center for Immigration Studies who tracks smuggling tactics. more