A migrant who has illegally crossed the US-Mexico border on numerous occasions told the Mexican media that human smugglers were charging between $3,000 to $20,000 to bring migrants across the border.
The difference in prices charged were due to the type of service and documents the migrant was to receive. At the lower end of the price scale, the human smuggler would help the migrant jump the border fence and guide them to safety.
For paying smuggler $20,000, the migrant would be able to obtain original, legal documentation and assistance from US Border Patrol Agents who have been corrupted by the human smugglers.
Source: James Bargent, “Migrants Pay Up to $20,000 to Cross US-Mexico Border,” Insight Crime, July 9, 2013.