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HUMAN SMUGGLING LIKELY TO GROW

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The recent landslide victory of California's Proposition 187 has helped catapult illegal immigration to the top of the national political agenda. But only scant attention is being focused on this decade's most disturbing immigration trend - the explosion in inter-na-tion-al human smuggling.

Sophisticated criminal organizations earn billions of dollars every year by smuggling hundreds of thousands of migrants across national boundaries. They are making human smuggling one of the most profitable enterprises today, affecting nearly every region of the world:Human smuggling is likely to grow, presenting challenges to the sovereignty and security of all affected countries, including the United States. If Americans are as concerned about illegal immigration as polls seem to suggest, then this is the issue that should command their attention.