Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) introduced S. 2561, the “Human Smuggling Prevention Act,” which would increase penalties for those engaging in human smuggling, including the smuggling of unaccompanied minors. This legislation is the companion bill to H.R. 4961, introduced by Congressman Michael McCaul (TX-10) in the House of Representatives, and was originally part of the comprehensive immigration reform bill that passed the Senate in June 2013.
“Today, nearly all who illegally cross the Mexican border into United States do so with the assistance of a human smuggler – or coyote – and with the permission of the Mexican drug cartels,” said Senators McCain and Flake. “To help combat these criminal entities, we have introduced legislation to increases penalties for human smugglers, including a prison sentence of up to 20 years for those that attempt to smuggle unaccompanied minors.”