In this Oct. 11, 2019 photo, crosses covered with the names of people who have drowned trying to cross the river stand on the bank of the Rio Grande in Matamoros, Mexico. Migrants who make it this far, tell stories of being captured by armed bandits who demand a ransom: They can pay for illegal passage to the border, or merely for their freedom, but either way they must pay. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

Cartels prey upon migrants who wait to cross US border

The gangsters trawling Nuevo Laredo know just what they’re looking for: men and women missing their shoelaces. Those are migrants who made it to the United States to ask for asylum, only to be taken into custody and stripped of their laces — to keep them from hurting themselves. And then they were thrust into […]