At least 50 people found dead in abandoned 18-wheeler in San Antonio

6/29/2022 9:07:00 PM

The authorities said the tragedy appeared to be the deadliest migrant-smuggling operation in memory. Sixteen people were taken to hospitals.

A tractor-trailer was found in San Antonio that contained the bodies of dozens of people, officials believe to be migrants. San Antonio Police Chief William McManus described the case as the deadliest human smuggling incident he could recall in the city.

The authorities said the tragedy appeared to be the deadliest migrant-smuggling operation in memory. Sixteen people were taken to hospitals.

Law enforcement officers work at the scene in San Antonio where dozens of people were found dead inside a tractor-trailer on Monday.More News Videos A south Texas sheriff's office almost 90 miles away from Houston said as many as 82 of those people left the tractor-trailer when it broke down Friday morning.Ten migrants died in 2017 after being trapped inside a truck parked at a Walmart in San Antonio.SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Fifty people have died after being abandoned in a tractor-trailer in the sweltering Texas heat, one of the worst tragedies to claim the lives of migrants smuggled across the border from Mexico to the U.

Credit: Sign up for The Brief , our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news.SAN ANTONIO — A tractor-trailer found near Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio contained the bodies of 50 dead people, along with 16 others who have been taken to hospitals, according to local officials in San Antonio and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.Three people were taken into custody, but it was unclear if they were definitively connected with human trafficking, McManus said.“This is nothing short of a horrific human tragedy,” San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said at a news conference near the scene.Jean-Pierre pushed back against some Republican lawmakers who blamed the administration for the deaths and said it was focused on the victims and holding human smugglers accountable.Local officials said federal authorities were now investigating the case and that three people were in custody, but it was unclear if they were connected to the incident.The truck was abandoned on the outskirts of San Antonio, next to a railroad track in an area surrounded by auto scrapyards that brush up against a busy freeway.A U.Monday and discovered the gruesome scene, Police Chief William McManus said.

S.At least four were in critical condition, according to the hospitals.We’re also grateful for the swift work of federal, state and local first responders.Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesperson said Homeland Security Investigations is leading a criminal investigation with the support of San Antonio police.The horrifying discovery was made near the intersection of Cassin Drive and Quintana Road in Southwest San Antonio.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.Related Story Death is a constant risk for undocumented migrants entering Texas Updated: June 28, 2022 Federal, state and local authorities believe that the victims were migrants.“Our condolences,” he tweeted.Cross-border smuggling and human trafficking have been longstanding problems along the U."It was a refrigerated tractor-trailer, but there was no visible working AC unit on that rig." People are also reading… "This is nothing short of a horrific human tragedy," Nirenberg said.

S.-Mexico border, but the deaths of 50 people represent a stunning loss of life.S.Migrants ride in vehicles through Border Patrol checkpoints to San Antonio, the closest major city, from which point they disperse across the United States.San Antonio Police Chief William McManus described the case as the deadliest human smuggling incident he could recall in the city.“Horrified at this tragic loss of life near San Antonio.Big rigs emerged as a popular smuggling method in the early 1990s amid a surge in U.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,” Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Chris Magnus said in a statement.“Apparently had mechanical problems and left it there.In 2003, the bodies of 19 migrants were found in a sweltering truck southeast of San Antonio.

“We will be working with our federal, state and local partners to assist in every way possible with this investigation.border enforcement in San Diego and El Paso, Texas, which were then the busiest corridors for illegal crossings.” Authorities received the first call about the truck shortly before 6 p.m.As crossing became exponentially more difficult after the 2001 terror attacks in the U.Other incidents have occurred long before migrants reached the U.from a worker in the area who had heard a cry for help and went to investigate, McManus said.According to a law enforcement official, it appears people were trying to jump out of the tractor-trailer because some of the deceased were found along several blocks., migrants were led through more perilous terrain and paid thousands of dollars more.We're also grateful for the swift work of federal, state and local first responders.

The tractor-trailer had a refrigeration system, the official said, but it did not appear to be working.In December, more than 50 died when a semitrailer filled with migrants rolled over on a highway in southern Mexico.Many of the people found inside the vehicle appeared to have been sprinkled with steak seasoning, the official said, in perhaps an attempt to cover up the smell of people as the smugglers were transporting them.Weather in the San Antonio area was mostly cloudy Monday, but temperatures approached 100 degrees Fahrenheit.Authorities said the truck’s doors were partly open when they arrived; a body was outside the vehicle and the rest could be seen inside.The city’s fire chief, Charles Hood, said the survivors did not appear to have access to water and were too weak to exit the truck on their own.Aaron Reichlin-Melnick, policy director at the American Immigration Council, wrote that he had been dreading such a tragedy for months.border.“We’re not supposed to open up a truck and see stacks of bodies in there,” Hood said.

“None of us come to work imagining that.Truck smuggling is a way up," he wrote on Twitter.” Twelve adults and four children were taken to hospitals.Three people were taken into custody, but it was unclear if they were definitively connected with human trafficking, McManus said.They were hot to the touch and were suffering from heat exhaustion and heat stroke, but Hood said he was “very hopeful” that they would survive.Just awful.With a few days left in the month, National Weather Service meteorologists say June 2022 has already become the warmest June on record in San Antonio.The average number of days with temperatures of 100 degrees or higher in San Antonio is nine, according to historical data from NWS dating back to 1885.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.Sixteen people were taken hospitals with heat-related illnesses, with four later dying.

This year, San Antonio has had 16 days with temperatures of 100 degrees or higher, NWS meteorologist Bob Fogarty said.McManus told reporters that he was not confident that everyone who had been inside the truck had been accounted for, and that authorities still don’t have an indication of how many people in total had been inside the truck.QEPD.He said the three people in custody were not found with the truck, but declined to comment further.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.Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said the Mexican consul in San Antonio was en route to the incident site, according to Reuters.Ebrard said the nationalities of all the victims were still unknown, but Guatemalan officials said in a statement that U.

S.” Those in the trailer were part of a presumed migrant smuggling attempt into the United States, and the investigation was being led by U.and Mexican authorities have confirmed some of the victims are from Guatemala.Officials with the Guatemalan consulate in McAllen said they are visiting a hospital to see if two of the children who survived are from Guatemala.The Honduran foreign ministry said it is investigating whether any of the victims were from Honduras.Big rigs emerged as a popular smuggling method in the early 1990s amid a surge in U.Alex Selgado of Fuerza Catracha, a Honduran immigrant rights organization, 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 2017, San Antonio police discovered 39 undocumented immigrants inside of a scorching-hot tractor-trailer, resulting in 10 deaths.The driver of the truck in 2018.Before that, people paid small fees to mom-and-pop operators to get them across a largely unguarded border.Meanwhile in 2003, 19 undocumented immigrants were found dead in Victoria after suffocating in an airless trailer.The Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol last week said it had disrupted four human smuggling events that resulted in 50 arrests.“I am heartbroken by the tragic loss of life today and am praying for those still fighting for their lives,” said Alejandro Mayorkas, U., migrants were led through more perilous terrain and paid thousands of dollars more.

S.secretary of Homeland Security.“Far too many lives have been lost as individuals — including families, women, and children — take this dangerous journey.Some advocates drew a link to the Biden administration’s border policies.” In a tweet responding to the incident, Gov.blamed the deaths on President Joe Biden, saying that “they are a result of his deadly open border policies.

” Biden responded in a statement Tuesday.Truck smuggling is a way up,” he wrote on Twitter."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," he said.Democrat Beto O’Rourke, who’s running against Abbott for governor, tweeted that the incident is “devastating.” Gustavo García-Siller, the Roman Catholic archbishop of San Antonio, wrote on Twitter: “Once again, the lack of courage to deal with immigration reform is killing and destroying lives.U.We do not learn.

God teach us to change.” The Mexican consul general in San Antonio, Ruben Minutti, asked any Mexican citizens seeking help or information about the incident to call the consulate at.30, more than double the 247 deaths reported in the previous year and the highest since it began keeping track in 1998.

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Devastating loss of life. But they were not migrants if they were entering illegally. Migrants move to someplace new. Moving generally does not require hiding. Hiding implies breaking the law. This is the enormous risk of illegal entry into any country. It's heart-breaking. Why is there no investigation into how the truck made it through 2 inspections by Border Patrol?

Biden doesn’t care about these deaths because they were brown people, and didn’t die from guns. They died from his failure to enforce the law. 'Many of the people found inside the vehicle appeared to have been sprinkled with steak seasoning, the official said, in perhaps an attempt to cover up the smell of people as the smugglers were transporting them.' 🙄

50 migrants die after 18-wheeler abandoned in San Antonio heatNearly all of the victims were found near the truck, while four later died at a hospital. Sixteen people had been taken to hospitals, including four kids. This is a direct result of the Biden admin’s de facto open border policy. It is criminals who smuggle these people across the border who are often left for dead thereafter. Secretary Mayorkas is letting this happen, there is no other explanation. Fix the legal process, stop this.

50 migrants die in trailer abandoned in San Antonio heatFifty people have died after being abandoned in a tractor-trailer on a remote back road in the sweltering Texas heat

Update: 50 migrants die in trailer abandoned in San Antonio heatThe migrant trailer death toll rose to at least 48, making it one of the worst tragedies to claim the lives of those smuggled across the US-Mexico border.

‘Horrific human tragedy’: 50 suspected migrants dead after being found inside big-rig in San AntonioBREAKING UPDATE: At least 40 migrants were found dead inside a tractor-trailer in Texas on Monday, San Antonio police confirmed.

At least 50 people found dead in abandoned 18-wheeler in San AntonioA tractor-trailer found near Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio contained the bodies of 50 dead people, along with 16 others who have been taken to hospitals, officials said. | via TexasTribune

‘Horrific human tragedy’: 50 suspected migrants dead after being found inside big-rig in San AntonioAt least five victims are in critical condition at one area hospital. All of you liberals who support open borders, these deaths are on you. This, in addition to gas prices, inflation, highest crime in decades, massive homelessness. Everything liberals touch turns to shit. Thank you Biden administration. You did this.