Drivers smuggling illegal immigrants into the country are bringing their young children to “cover” their crimes, according to current and former law enforcement officials who spoke with the Daily Caller News Foundation.
State, local and federal authorities have recorded several instances in recent years of smugglers bringing their children while driving illegal immigrants to American cities away from the border, according to law enforcement posts and local media. The smuggling events have often coincided with large surges in illegal immigration.
“It’s what happens when people care more about making a few dollars than the health and safety of their own family members,” Goliad County Sheriff Roy Boyd, whose county is about a three hour drive from the Texas-Mexico border, told the DCNF.
“For them, it’s all about cover when it gets stopped. Totally pretend like they’re out doing something legitimate,” Boyd added.