We've written a number of stories recently about immigrant smugglers, also known as "coyotes," facing prosecution. Four of those who have been indicted by a federal grand jury recently are charged with causing the deaths of immigrants.
We hope the message is clear to smugglers that they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent if caught. And more and more, they seem to be getting caught. About that, anyone who cares about humanity should be happy.
The U.S. Border Patrol has reported that 84 immigrants have died this fiscal year in Imperial County, and many of those people were led across the border by "coyotes." Many cross the border at the most treacherous time of year — the summer — and many become sick or die from exposure to the heat. The "coyotes," most of whom are from this area, know the peril in which they put their unaware clients, many of whom are from deep into Mexico and beyond and have no idea of the harrowing journey they will face.