Social media was a big focus on a comment by President Donald Trump on Thursday night in the last presidential debate against Joe Biden, when he said the coyotes were carrying children across the border.
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The president went on to make the case that “we let people in, but they have to come in legally,” and, “a lot of these children came without parents.”
Putting aside facts about that – studies have shown that the majority of detained children came with both their parents or parents – the term “coyote” clearly led many to understand this That Trump was referring to animal, or even eel e.
However, “coyote” is a generic term for human smugglers along the US-Mexico border.
When it was Biden’s turn to speak, he argued that more than 500 children actually entered the country with their mothers and fathers. “The coyotes did not bring them, their parents were with them,” he said. “They are separated from their parents, and it makes us laugh, and violates every notion of who we are as a nation.”
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With tight immigration policies and increased patrols by US authorities, many migrants feel they have little choice but to use the coyote to guide them across the border.
A 2019 study conducted by Rand Corp found that coyotes can smuggle into the US for between $ 6,000 and $ 10,000 per person, often through dangerous crossings in the desert. Some coyotes have been known to attack migrants, or offer ransom to relatives.
Drug cartels also play a role. An anonymous coyote told Univision in a 2016 report, “They are our tickets in the United States, because they are borderline controls.”