In an effort to thwart President Trump’s proposed border wall, more people are entering the U.S. illegally from Mexico with fake border crossing cards, commonly known as “laser visas.”
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) sources have confirmed that every week agents at the Texas and New Mexico crossings seize an average of 85 altered visa documents.
CBP spokesman Rubén Jáuregui told FOX News that Mexican citizens are issued temporary laser visas which allow them to visit border areas for up to 72 hours.
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A recent investigation uncovered vast corruption through a criminal network operating on both sides of the border. Thanks to this group, laser visas are available to practically anyone for $150.
People pay a minimum of $1,500 to hire “coyotes” to guide them through the desert as they cross illegally into the U.S.
These coyotes “rent” the laser visas, passing them back and forth across the border as people use them to get inside the U.S.
The laser visa scheme is gaining popularity, but it’s not always successful, according to Jáuregui, who stated that more than 75,000 fraudulent documents were seized along the border in 2015.
That number had already reached 47,000 in just the first four months of 2016.
H/T: FOX News
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