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Recession Doesn't Affect Coyotes' Pocketbooks

El Diario/La Prensa, Posted: May 13, 2009

NEW YORK -- Despite the economic crisis, "coyotes" -- those who help undocumented immigrants cross the border -- continue to see profits, reports New York's El Diario/La Prensa.

The newspaper spoke with several coyotes, including Jorge, a Salvadoran who lives in New Jersey and has been working as a coyote for more than 10 years. "Last September, I got scared because business dropped by 50 percent," Jorge told El Diario/La Prensa. "But the truth is that, little by little, it's been increasing, even though the price of the trip has gone up almost $1,000."

Jorge's job is to transport immigrants from border cities like Phoenix and Tucson to South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland, New York and New Jersey. Of the $5,000 they charge to bring someone here from Guatemala, Jorge says he gets about $800 per person, and in each trip he brings eight to 10 people.



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