51 migrants die in Texas after trailer abandoned in San Antonio heat

6/29/2022 5:00:00 AM

It was the deadliest tragedy to claim the lives of migrants smuggled across the border from Mexico.

It was the deadliest tragedy to claim the lives of migrants smuggled across the border from Mexico.

It was the deadliest tragedy to claim the lives of migrants smuggled across the border from Mexico. The driver of the truck and two other people were arrested, U.S. Rep. Cuellar of Texas told AP.

He said the truck had passed through a Border Patrol checkpoint northeast of Laredo, Texas, on Interstate 35. He did not know if migrants were inside the truck when it cleared the checkpoint.More than a dozen people — their bodies hot to the touch — were taken to hospitals, including four children. Most of the dead were males, he said.

President Joe Biden called the deaths “horrifying and heartbreaking.”By Tuesday afternoon, medical examiners had potentially identified 34 of the victims, but they were taking additional steps, such as fingerprints, to confirm the identities, said Bexar County Commissioner Rebeca Clay-Flores.

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Desperate families of migrants from Mexico and Central America frantically sought word of their loved ones as authorities began the grim task Tuesday of identifying 51 people who died after being abandoned in a tractor-trailer without air conditioning in the sweltering Texas heat.of 4 5/14/2003--A law enforcement officer looks over the scene where 16 people were found dead early Wednesday in and around the trailer of an 18-wheeler truck left at a truck stop near Victoria, TX.June 27, 2022 4:30AM Texas Central just had a court decision go its way, meaning high speed rail in Texas may not be dead after all.Copyright © 2022 NBCUniversal Media, LLC.

It was the deadliest tragedy to claim the lives of migrants smuggled across the border from Mexico. The driver of the truck and two other people were arrested, U.m.S. That’s right, after years of contention over the company’s plan to use eminent domain to legally force any reluctant landowners along the Houston-to-Dallas line to sell, the state Supreme Court issued its 5-3 ruling on Friday backing Texas Central. Rep. Photo by Steve Ueckert / Chronicle Steve Ueckert/Houston Chronicle Show Less Fifty-one migrants have died after authorities discovered an abandoned tractor-trailer in southwest San Antonio on Monday night, in what is believed to be the deadliest human smuggling incident on U. Henry Cuellar of Texas told The Associated Press.

He said the truck had passed through a Border Patrol checkpoint northeast of Laredo, Texas, on Interstate 35. soil. He has been insisting that a state statute granting eminent domain to interurban electric railways applies only to a specific kind of single-car electric railway that existed at the same time the statute’s predecessor was enacted but was extinct by the 1940s, the ruling notes. He did not know if migrants were inside the truck when it cleared the checkpoint. Investigators traced the truck’s registration to a residence in San Antonio and detained two men from Mexico for possession of weapons, according to criminal complaints filed by the U. The death toll rose to 51 by Tuesday afternoon.S. But ultimately that didn’t happen, with the majority noting that the state transportation statutes he was couching his argument in had no limitations on size, speed, or distance for such a rail line, while the Texas Legislature’s 2009 adjustment to the same statute “cuts against Miles’s argument that the statute applies only to a kind of train that has been extinct in Texas for over 70 years. attorney’s office. Another hospitalized , according to the Associated Press.

The complaints did not make any specific allegations related to the deaths. The bodies were discovered Monday afternoon on the outskirts of San Antonio when a city worker heard a cry for help from the truck parked on a lonely back road and found the gruesome scene inside, Police Chief William McManus said." Felipe Betancourt Sr. Meanwhile Texans Against High Speed Rail, the organization representing landowners who don’t want these trains zipping through their pastures and fields, hit back at the company in one of its most vulnerable spots right now—the mess that Texas Central seems to be in. Hours later, body bags lay spread on the ground. More than a dozen people — their bodies hot to the touch — were taken to hospitals, including four children., who own a South Texas trucking company, told the San Antonio Express-News that someone labeled the truck containing the migrants with the same color and identifying numbers from the U. Most of the dead were males, he said. Although Texas Central representatives insist everything is just fine in the past few months it has come out that Texas Central has failed to pay property taxes in various counties, has seen its CEO Carlos Aguilar abruptly announced his resignation on LinkedIn of all places, and dissolved its board of directors.

The death count was the highest ever from a smuggling attempt in the United States, according to Craig Larrabee, acting special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in San Antonio. Department of Transportation and the Texas DOT as a truck that their company owns. “This is a horror that surpasses anything we’ve experienced before,” San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said. “And it’s sadly a preventable tragedy. Sixteen people — 12 adults and four children — were rushed to area hospitals, officials said. KEEP THE HOUSTON PRESS FREE.” President Joe Biden called the deaths “horrifying and heartbreaking.” “Exploiting vulnerable individuals for profit is shameful, as is political grandstanding around tragedy, and my administration will continue to do everything possible to stop human smugglers and traffickers from taking advantage of people who are seeking to enter the United States between ports of entry,” Biden said in a statement. Some of the hospitalized people were still in critical condition on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Associated Press.

Authorities did not know the home countries of all of the migrants, nor how long they were abandoned on the side of the road. Since we started the Houston Press , it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we'd like to keep it that way. By Tuesday afternoon, medical examiners had potentially identified 34 of the victims, but they were taking additional steps, such as fingerprints, to confirm the identities, said Bexar County Commissioner Rebeca Clay-Flores. The tractor-trailer had a refrigeration system that did not appear to be working, the official added, saying many of the people inside the trailer had been sprinkled with steak seasoning in what might have been an attempt to cover up the smell of the migrants as they were being smuggled. Among the dead, 27 are believed to be of Mexican origin based on documents they were carrying, according to said Rubén Minutti, Mexico consul general in San Antonio. Several survivors were in critical condition with injuries such as brain damage and internal bleeding, he said. It is currently unclear where along the border the tractor-trailer crossed when it entered Texas. Make a one-time donation today for as little as $1. At least seven of the dead were from Guatemala and two from Honduras, Roberto Velasco Álvarez, head of the North America department in Mexico’s Foreign Relations Department, said on Twitter.

About 30 people had reached out to the Mexican Consulate looking for loved ones, the officials said.S. Attempts to cross the U. Contact:.S. Henry Cuellar told The Associated Press. border from Mexico have claimed thousands of lives in both countries in recent decades. U. The people in the tractor-trailer were apparent victims of human smugglers, said Ashley C.

S. border authorities are stopping migrants more often on the southern border than at any time in at least two decades. Hoff called the discovery"tragic and disturbing. Migrants were stopped nearly 240,000 times in May, up by one-third from a year ago. Comparisons to pre-pandemic levels are complicated because migrants expelled under a public health authority known as Title 42 face no legal consequences, encouraging repeat attempts. Guatemalans, Hondurans among the dead Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador confirmed the death toll rising to 50 Tuesday morning. Authorities say 25% of encounters in May were with people who had been stopped at least once in the previous year.

South Texas has long been the busiest area for illegal border crossings. Twenty-two of the migrants were Mexican nationals, he said, while seven were from Guatemala and two from Honduras. U.S. Marcelo Ebrard, foreign minister of Mexico, had initially confirmed late Monday in a tweet that two Guatemalans were among the dead. authorities discover trucks with migrants inside “pretty close” to daily, Larrabee said. Migrants typically pay $8,000 to $10,000 to be taken across the border and loaded into a tractor-trailer and driven to San Antonio, where they transfer to smaller vehicles for their final destinations across the United States, he said. Procede a trasladarse a los hospitales para auxiliar a las víctimas en lo posible.

Conditions vary widely, including how much water passengers get and whether they are allowed to carry cellphones, Larrabee said. Authorities think the truck discovered Monday had mechanical problems when it was left next to a railroad track in an area of San Antonio surrounded by auto scrapyards that brush up against a busy freeway, Wolff said. (@m_ebrard) June 28, 2022 Alex Selgado of Fuerza Catracha, a Honduran immigrants organization in the U. San Antonio has been a recurring scene of tragedy and desperation in recent years involving migrants in semitrailers. Ten migrants died in 2017 after being trapped inside a truck parked at a San Antonio Walmart., told the San Antonio Express-News at the scene that “officials did inform us that some of the deceased may be Honduran because they had emblems or insignia of our country” on their clothing. In 2003, the bodies of 19 migrants were found in a sweltering truck southeast of the city.

More than 50 migrants were found alive in a trailer in 2018, driven by a man who said he was to be paid $3,000 and was sentenced to more than five years in prison. San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said the incident was a"horrific human tragedy" and called for prayers for those affected by it. Other tragedies have occurred long before migrants reached the U.S. More than 40 hopeful lives were lost. In December, more than 50 died when a semitrailer rolled over on a highway in southern Mexico. In October, Mexican authorities reported finding 652 migrants packed into six trailers stopped at a military checkpoint near the border. — Mayor Ron Nirenberg (@Ron_Nirenberg) June 28, 2022 Abbott blames Biden Gov.

Some of the 16 people taken to hospitals with heat-related illnesses remained hospitalized Tuesday in critical condition. Those taken to the hospital were hot to the touch and dehydrated, and no water was found in the trailer, said Fire Chief Charles Hood. At Least 42 People Found Dead Inside Truck Carrying Migrants In Texas. “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. They are a result of his deadly open border policies.” Temperatures in San Antonio on Monday approached 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius).

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. Before that, people paid small fees to get across a largely unguarded border. As crossing became much more difficult after the 2001 terror attacks in the U.

S., migrants were led through more perilous terrain and had to pay thousands of dollars. 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,” he wrote on Twitter.

Migrants — largely from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador — have been expelled more than 2 million times under the pandemic-era rule in effect since March 2020 that denies a chance to seek asylum. The Biden administration planned to end the policy, but a federal judge in Louisiana blocked the move in May. U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported 557 deaths on the Southwest border in the 12 months 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 were related to heat exposure. U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Chris Magnus shared his response on Twitter: Horrified at the tragic loss of life near San Antonio.

This speaks to the desperation of migrants who would put their lives in the hands of callous human smugglers who show no regard for human life. We’ll be working w/ our partners to assist in every way w/ the investigation. — CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus (@CBPChrisMagnus) June 28, 2022 Locally in Tucson, Congressman Raul Grijalva (D) also responded: We cannot ignore the human tragedy and gruesome deaths of 50 migrants found in the back of tractor-trailer in San Antonio. How many more human rights cruelties will our nation endure before we finally address our broken immigration system? The mass deaths of migrants seeking refuge in our country, regardless of immigration status, is nothing less than a national tragedy. It’s a blatant reminder of the continued costs of militarized borders and xenophobic policies.

Forced migration will continue to be driven by poverty, violence, political persecution, and climate change. Programs like Remain in Mexico and Title 42 only force migrants to make unimaginable choices. Regrettably, thousands of migrants have suffered similar fates to those in Texas in years past in desperate attempts to flee their homes to seek the safety of our nation. Families ripped apart. Yet, we continue to do nothing to fix our immigration laws and little to address root causes.

Republicans in Congress have stood as a roadblock to fixing our broken system. Now it is time for Congress and the Biden administration to honor the memories of those who perished, their families and so many immigrants whose lives hinge on reforming our immigration system. Those responsible for this latest tragedy must be held accountable and a full investigation must be completed. We must no longer be a nation that turns a blind eye on horrific human rights abuses enabled by our own failed policies. Rep.

Raúl Grijalva (D) ___ Spagat reported from San Diego. Associated Press reporters Acacia Coronado in Austin, Ken Miller in Oklahoma City and Terry Wallace in Dallas contributed. ---- STAY IN TOUCH WITH US ANYTIME, ANYWHERE .