BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 07: Two buses full of activists traveling from Berlin to the Mediterranean to 'Tear down the European Wall,' or cut down portions of the European Union's border fence, prepare to depart from outside the Gorki Theater on November 7, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. Amidst ongoing celebrations for the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, activists from the group Center for Political Beauty (CPB, or Zentrum fuer Politische Schoenheit, ZPS, in German) claim to have removed 14 white crosses from the city center placed in memory of some of the victims killed trying to cross from East to West Berlin during the Cold War, a protest designed to call attention to the activists' perceived hypocrisy found in fortifying the border preventing entry for refugees into Europe while celebrating the fall of the notorious one in Berlin a quarter of a century ago. The artist collective claims to have given the crosses to refugees from Mali hiding in the forests of Mount Gurugu in northern Morocco who are trying to cross into Melilla, one of two Spanish enclaves in the region, for passage into Europe. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
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MEXICO CITY (AP) – In a new trick to smuggle Central American clients to the U.S. border, Mexican migrant traffickers are renting high-end tour buses to ferry their clients through the country, Mexican authorities say.
Mexico's Immigration Institute says it has found 102 migrants on two buses being used to whisk them across the length of the country.
The migrants reported paying between $7,000 and $10,000 to go from an area near the Guatemalan border to Reynosa, a city across from McAllen, Texas.
The institute said Monday that because the traffickers wanted to move quickly, they had not stopped to get the migrants food or water for two days.
In the past, smugglers have frequently crammed migrants into hidden compartments in freight trucks while transporting them through the country.