A U.S. official says at least 40 people have been found dead inside a tractor-trailer in a presumed migrant smuggling attempt in South Texas .
Three people were taken into custody, but it was unclear if they were absolutely connected with human trafficking.
Share on LinkedInSAN ANTONIO (AP) — Forty-six people were found dead in and near a tractor-trailer and 16 others were taken to hospitals in a presumed migrant smuggling attempt into the United States, officials in San Antonio said.It’s among the deadliest tragedies to have claimed thousands of lives of people attempting to cross the U.S. border from Mexico in recent decades. Ten migrants died in 2017 after being trapped inside a truck that was parked at a Walmart in San Antonio. In 2003, 19 migrants were found in a sweltering truck southeast of San Antonio.
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At least 46 bodies found in 18-wheeler in San AntonioSeveral first responders can be seen surrounding an 18-wheeler at the 9600 block of Quintana Road next to railroad tracks. And there is a mass murderer on the loose.. The person who abandoned the truck 🙏🙏 💔
46 Migrants Found Dead Inside Tractor-Trailer Near San AntonioAt least 16 others were taken to hospitals after the rig was found abandoned on the outskirts of the Texas city. Democrats don’t care about you. This tragedy was totally avoidable
3 in custody after 46 found dead in 18-wheeler in San AntonioUPDATE - Three people are in custody after 46 people were found dead inside a tractor-trailer on the southwest side of San Antonio. Sincere question: Which is worse, Americans fleeing to Mexico or Mexicans seeking to enter America? Because I'm not certain how the flow of traffic will be in that regard. Stop the madness already
At least 46 bodies found in 18-wheeler in San AntonioSeveral first responders can be seen surrounding an 18-wheeler at the 9600 block of Quintana Road next to railroad tracks. Horrific Human trafficking gone awry. May they all rest in peace. Damn, death is certainly putting in overtime today. Whoa! Wtf?
46 People Dead, 16 Hospitalized After Being Found Inside 18-Wheeler in San AntonioAuthorities described a horrific scene where they found bodies of men and women inside the trailer which was discovered Monday as temperatures reached a high of 103 degrees In that blood falls on the hands of Democrats in the president of the United States for not doing nothing Please finish the Wall, open all RVs an transport carriers
46 dead after trailer carrying migrants found in San AntonioSAN ANTONIO (AP) — Forty-six people were found dead in and near a tractor-trailer and 16 others were taken to hospitals in a presumed migrant smuggling attempt into the United States, officia…
Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Forty-six people were found dead in and near a tractor-trailer and 16 others were taken to hospitals in a presumed migrant smuggling attempt into the United States, officials in San Antonio said.KSAT-TV that ambulances and law enforcement officials, including agents from the U.By.San Antonio police, fire trucks and ambulances surrounded an 18-wheeler near the 9600 block of Quintana Road, next to railroad tracks, KSAT reported .
It’s among the deadliest tragedies to have claimed thousands of lives of people attempting to cross the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, had swarmed the scene. border from Mexico in recent decades. Ten migrants died in 2017 after being trapped inside a truck that was parked at a Walmart in San Antonio.. In 2003, 19 migrants were found in a sweltering truck southeast of San Antonio. Monday.
A city worker at the scene in on a remote back road in southwest San Antonio was alerted to the situation by a cry for help shortly before 6 p.m. Monday, Police Chief William McManus said. Officers arrived to find a body on the ground outside the trailer and a partially opened gate to the trailer, he said. Of the 16 taken to hospitals with heat-related illnesses, 12 were adults and four were children, said Fire Chief Charles Hood. Hood said that 16 people were transported to area San Antonio hospitals - 12 adults and four children.
The patients were hot to the touch and dehydrated, and no water was found in the trailer, he said. “They were suffering from heat stroke and exhaustion,” Hood said. “It was a refrigerated tractor-trailer, but there was no visible working AC unit on that rig.” San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said the 46 who died had “families who were likely trying to find a better life.” “This is nothing short of a horrific human tragedy,” Nirenberg said. They show the deadly consequences of his refusal to enforce the law.
Those in the trailer were part of a presumed migrant smuggling attempt into the United States, and the investigation was being led by U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, McManus said. Three people were taken into custody, but it was unclear if they were absolutely connected with human trafficking, McManus said. Big rigs emerged as a popular smuggling method in the early 1990s amid a surge in U.
S. border enforcement in San Diego and El Paso, Texas, which were then the busiest corridors for illegal crossings. Before that, people paid small fees to mom-and-pop operators to get them across a largely unguarded border. As crossing became exponentially more difficult after the 2001 terror attacks in the U.S.
, migrants were led through more dangerous terrain and paid thousands of dollars more. Heat poses a serious danger, particularly when temperatures can rise severely inside vehicles. Weather in the San Antonio area was mostly cloudy Monday, but temperatures approached 100 degrees. Some advocates drew a link to the Biden administration’s border policies. Aaron Reichlin-Melnick, policy director at the American Immigration Council, wrote that he had been dreading such a tragedy for months.
“With the border shut as tightly as it is today for migrants from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, people have been pushed into more and more dangerous routes. Truck smuggling is a way up,” he wrote on Twitter. Stephen Miller, a chief architect of former President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, said, “Human smugglers and traffickers are wicked and evil” and that the administration’s approach to border security rewards their actions. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican running for reelection, was blunt in a tweet about the Democratic president: “These deaths are on Biden.
They are a result of his deadly open border policies.” Migrants — largely from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador — have been expelled more than 2 million times under a pandemic-era rule in effect since March 2020 that denies them a chance to seek asylum but encourages repeat attempts because there are no legal consequences for getting caught. People from other countries, notably Cuba, Nicaragua and Colombia, are subject to Title 42 authority less frequently due to higher costs of sending them home, strained diplomatic relations and other considerations. U.S.
Customs and Border Protection reported 557 deaths on the southwest border in the 12-month period ending Sept. 30, more than double the 247 deaths reported in the previous year and the highest since it began keeping track in 1998. Most are related to heat exposure. CBP has not published a death tally for this year but said that the Border Patrol performed 14,278 “search-and-rescue missions” in a seven-month period through May, exceeding the 12,833 missions performed during the previous 12-month period and up from 5,071 the year before. ___ Spagat reported from San Diego.
Reporter Terry Wallace contributed from Dallas. Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Most Read .