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CHIMO Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 07:38 PM
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U.S. busts up Canadian-based human smuggling ring: Officials
Source: ASSOCIATED PRESS

BURLINGTON, Vt. Federal prosecutors said Wednesday they have broken up two of the largest human smuggling rings ever discovered in the northeastern United States, and both are based in Canada.

The rings, operating from Toronto and Montreal, allegedly smuggled hundreds of illegal aliens into the United States from Korea, Pakistan, India and countries in Central America beginning in 2004. The illegal aliens walked across the U.S.-Canada border and then were picked up and taken to cities along the East Coast.

U.S. Attorney Thomas Anderson said there was no indication either group smuggled in anyone who would be considered a terrorist, but that the smugglers would move anyone who paid up to $10,000 per person to get into the states.

"When an organization has established a pipeline to aliens from various countries, including countries with terrorists, into the United States, they don't care who's passing through that pipeline as long as they are paying," Anderson said.



Read more: http://www.thestar.com/News/article/280790
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pennylane100 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 07:58 PM
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1. You will probably hear more about this tomorrow
on Lou Dobbs.
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TrogL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 08:07 PM
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2. Horseshit
It was a joint operation between US and Canadian authorities.

The Star is a right-wing rag that routinely quotes pro-American sources over Canadian ones.
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provis99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 09:10 PM
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3. the sad part is
that these poor immigrants who payed tons of money to the smugglers, yet got caught, end up owing the money to the smugglers anyways. Often their families in their countries of origin are kept as debt hostages until they pay their debts.
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