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Human Smuggling Targeted in New White House Operation

Human smugglers have tried to convince Central Americans that crossing the border is safe as the White House discourages crossings.

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The Biden administration announced an operation Tuesday that will concentrate on disrupting criminal organizations, which includes human smugglers who falsified information to migrants about crossing the border. Earlier this year, the U.S. sent a campaign through social media and radios advertisements to discourage migrants from traveling across the border, but smugglers’ social media posts tried to convince them it was safe. One instance of smuggling was released in a video from Border Patrol last week, showing two young Ecuadorian sisters being dropped over a 14-foot-tall border fence in the desert. CNN 

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