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Human Smugglers Spread False Hope to Migrants Through Facebook

Coyotes are using Facebook to tell Central Americans interested in crossing the U.S.-Mexico border that it’s a “100 percent” safe journey.

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Human smugglers, also known as coyotes, are using Facebook to tell Central Americans interested in crossing the U.S.-Mexico border that it’s a “100 percent” safe journey. According to U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials, immigration experts and lawyers, smugglers have been using social media platforms to spread misinformation on how the Biden administration is welcoming all migrants. NBC News identified these posts from public Facebook pages with the names “Migrant from Various Countries in Mexico” and “Migrants in the Mexico-U.S.A. Border Awaiting Hearing.”  One of the posts reads, “The journey is safe and reliable and the price is $4,500 leaving from Monterrey to San Antonio, Texas.” NBC News

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