A family business: how and why smugglers are bringing more children to the U.S. border

Three smugglers told Reuters they have been encouraging parents to send their children alone as a result of the shift in U.S. policy.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (Reuters) Honduran mother Alicia Cruz handed herself and her son in to border agents in Texas, then watched as unaccompanied children were separated for release from the group of migrants before adults and families, including hers, were expelled into Mexico.

That’s when she contracted a smuggler to ferry Jeffrey, 17, across the border again – alone.

“Leaving my son destroyed me,” Cruz said this month, speaking from the Guatemalan-Mexican border as she headed south towards Honduras. She said her son was with relatives in Texas. “The last thing he said was ‘let me go to . . .

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