Taiwan and U.S. detain 38 people smugglers using Taiwanese passports

Group smuggled Chinese nationals from Mexico into U.S.

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/07/13
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Taiwan’s passport has become a useful tool for people smugglers.
Taiwan’s passport has become a useful tool for people smugglers. (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan and the United States arrested 38 people suspected of using Taiwanese passport to smuggle Chinese citizens into the U.S. from Mexico, reports said Saturday (July 13).

As Taiwan’s passport gives access to 146 countries without the need for a visa, it has become a useful tool for international people-smuggling gangs of “snakeheads” to take illegal immigrants across borders, the Liberty Times reported.

The present case came to light in June 2017, when a Taiwanese man tried to take a Chinese citizen across the U.S.-Mexico border but was discovered because the latter was too nervous, according to the Liberty Times.

As a result, the National Immigration Agency (NIA) formed a special taskforce to launch a more intense investigation into the phenomenon.   [FULL  STORY]

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