Toll now at 53 in San Antonio as families wait for answers

6/30/2022 1:55:00 AM

Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said that in response to the San Antonio trailer tragedy — the nation's deadliest smuggling episode on the U.S.-Mexico border — state troopers would set up additional truck checkpoints on highways.

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Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said that in response to the San Antonio trailer tragedy — the nation's deadliest smuggling episode on the U.S.- Mexico border — state troopers would set up additional truck checkpoints on highways.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — In the chaotic minutes after dozens of migrants were found dead inside a tractor-trailer sweltering under the Texas sun, the driver tried to slip away by pretending to be one of the survivors, a Mexican immigration official said Wednesday.

near auto salvage yards on the edge of San Antonio.ADVERTISEMENTreturned home to see his wife and three small childrencoming to the U.SThe truck went through a Border Patrol checkpoint northeast of Laredo on Interstate 35 on Monday, Cuellar and Mexican officials confirmed. It was registered in Alamo, Texas, but had fake plates and logos, Garduño said.

Authorities were looking into whether the truck had mechanical problems when it was left next to a railroad track. The driver was apprehended after trying to disguise himself as one of the migrants, Garduño said.Migrants typically pay $8,000 to $10,000 to be taken across the border, loaded into a tractor-trailer and driven to San Antonio, where they transfer to smaller vehicles for their final destinations across the United States, said Craig Larrabee, acting special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in San Antonio.

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GOPDirtyTricks setup this tragedy so Abbott can look good before the election. What if we ceased economic imperialism and interference with democratically elected leaders? I thought you wanted Joe Biden, the U. S. Army, and God know who to stand at the border and check truck cargo? Good Lord, what an incompetent blowhard ...

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Death toll rises to 50 in San Antonio migrant tractor-trailer tragedyThe number of migrants dead in a suspected smuggling operation rose to 50 on Tuesday, the Mexican consulate reported, a day after dozens of bodies were found lifeless in the back of a sweltering tractor-trailer in San Antonio . Where’s outrage from SpeakerPelosi SenSchumer SenWarren RepMaxineWaters on this murder of 51 Mexicans! Oh wait, they are out fighting to keep RoeVsWade policies alive that have resulted in 60 Million murders. Human life means nothing to these serpents. ShamefulPoliticians NeverForget. People are literally dying while in search of a dream of a betterLIFE. Doesn't always happen immediately. Sarai Llanos Gomez of Ecuador was allegedly baited, lured with waitressing then forced into sexTrafficking. She's dead, too. Murdered. HumanTrafficking

2 more die in San Antonio migrant trailer tragedy, raising toll to 53A Texas official says two more migrants from the San Antonio trailer tragedy have died, raising the death count to 53. The border is closed potus aoc 🤦‍♂️

Toll now at 53 in San Antonio as families wait for answersA Mexican immigration official says that in the chaotic minutes after dozens of migrants were found dead inside a tractor-trailer sweltering in the Texas heat, the driver tried to slip away by pretending to be one of the survivors

Bad Takes: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ghoulishly politicizing deaths of migrants in San Antonio trailerAbbott blamed the tragedy on Biden's 'open border policy,' but if the borders were open why would anyone smuggle migrants in a tractor-trailer? SanAntonio SATX SanAntonioTX Texas Texas GOP GregAbbott Immigration migrants Border Y’all spent a month blaming conservatives for 20 people being murdered by some psycho in Uvalde and not Abbott is the bad for pointing out this happened due to a bad border policy? That’s the two day old sushi bad. Lets be think about this, you smuggle for money, control over someone in a foreign land, you control them for monies until you blackmail their loved ones…. Im starting to think The SA Current, choses point of view(democrat) and expliots it, Can we return to a news organization that reports news restaurant/bar reviews and entertainment, and eliminates political views?

51 migrants die in Texas after trailer abandoned in San Antonio heatIt 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. Maybe we should secure the border and make harsher penalties for smugglers.

The driver along with two other men from Mexico remained in custody as the investigation continued into the tragedy that killed 53 people — the nation’s deadliest smuggling episode on the U.click to enlarge Shutterstock The migrants found dead in an abandoned truck hail from Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala, according to Mexican officials.figures showing that immigration arrests there in May rose to the highest levels ever recorded.Email 46 dead, 16 hospitalized after trailer of migrants found Police Chief William McManus said a city worker at the scene was alerted to the situation by a cry for help shortly before 6 p.

S.-Mexico border. San Antonio Police Chief William McManus told the station the tragedy is the biggest mass casualty event in recent city history. Two more people died Wednesday as the death toll slowly climbed since the discovery of 46 bodies Monday at the scene near auto salvage yards on the edge of San Antonio.73 million border arrests tallied in 2021 — presenting an ongoing logistical and political challenge for the Biden administration. The truck had been packed with 67 people, and the dead included 27 from Mexico, 14 from Honduras, seven from Guatemala and two from El Salvador, said Francisco Garduño, chief of Mexico’s National Immigration Institute. According to multiple news reports, 16 people found in the abandoned truck were initially transported to local hospitals after it was discovered Monday evening. Officials had potential identifications on 37 of the victims as of Wednesday, pending verification with authorities in other countries, according to the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office. Fingerprint data has to be shared and matched by different governments.

Forty of the victims were male, it said. “It’s tragic,” Mayor Ron Nirenberg told the station.-Mexico border and in the Caribbean. ADVERTISEMENT Identifying the dead has been challenging because some were found without identification documents and in one case a stolen ID. Remote villages where some of the migrants came from in Mexico and Central America have no phone service to reach family members and fingerprint data has to be shared and matched by the governments involved.. Javier Flores López’s family was waiting to find out whether he was on the truck. All were in the country illegally, according to federal investigators. He had returned home to see his wife and three small children in southern Mexico and was going back to Ohio where his father and a brother live and he worked in construction. and were likely trying to find a better life. "It’s a tedious, tedious, sad, difficult process," said Bexar County Commissioner Rebeca Clay-Flores, who represents the district where the truck was abandoned.

He is now among the missing and his cousin, José Luis Vásquez Guzmán, is hospitalized in San Antonio, the family said. The tragedy occurred at a time when huge numbers of migrants have been coming to the U.” Similar scenes of carnage have played out in the Alamo City before. Border Patrol agents are finding increasing numbers of people dead in ranches, desert and brushland across South and West Texas after being left behind by smugglers, injured or falling behind their group.S ., many of them taking perilous risks to cross swift rivers and canals and scorching desert landscapes. Stay on top of San Antonio news and views. Migrants were stopped nearly 240,000 times in May, up by one-third from a year ago. So far, 150 people were found dead in the Del Rio sector alone. Three people have been arrested.

While it’s not clear when or where the migrants boarded the truck bound for San Antonio, Homeland Security investigators believe it was on U.S. soil, near or in Laredo, Texas, U. “It’s hard on my deputies.S. Rep. One of the victims had no identification, Garduño said.

Henry Cuellar told The Associated Press. Advertisement Until now, the deadliest human smuggling event on U. The truck went through a Border Patrol checkpoint northeast of Laredo on Interstate 35 on Monday, Cuellar and Mexican officials confirmed. It was registered in Alamo, Texas, but had fake plates and logos, Garduño said. Officials in Mexico also released a surveillance photo showing the driver smiling at the checkpoint during the more than two-hour trip to San Antonio. Truck driver Tyrone Williams had agreed to smuggle the migrants across a border checkpoint for $7,500, but he failed to turn on the truck’s cooling system and temperatures inside soared to 173 degrees. Republican Texas Gov. Migrants were stopped nearly 240,000 times in May, up by one-third from a year ago.

Greg Abbott said Wednesday that state troopers would set up additional truck checkpoints on highways, but he did not say how many. In April, Abbott gridlocked the 1,200-mile Texas border for a week by requiring every truck entering the state to underdo additional inspections as part of his ongoing fight with the Biden administration over immigration policy. Williams was sentenced to 34 years in prison. Authorities were looking into whether the truck had mechanical problems when it was left next to a railroad track. The driver was apprehended after trying to disguise himself as one of the migrants, Garduño said. Some of the more than a dozen people transported to hospitals were found suffering from brain damage and internal bleeding, according to Rubén Minutti, the Mexico consul general in San Antonio., pleaded guilty to charges related to their deaths. Eva Ferrufino, a spokesperson for Honduras’ foreign ministry, said her agency was working with the Honduras Consulate in south Texas to match names and fingerprints and complete identifications.

ADVERTISEMENT Migrants typically pay $8,000 to $10,000 to be taken across the border, loaded into a tractor-trailer and driven to San Antonio, where they transfer to smaller vehicles for their final destinations across the United States, said Craig Larrabee, acting special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in San Antonio. The death count from Monday’s tragedy in San Antonio was the highest ever from a smuggling attempt in the U.S. Bradley was given a life sentence., he said. Four years ago, 10 died in 2017 after being trapped inside a truck parked at a San Antonio Walmart. There is no phone signal there, but she has internet access.

In 2003, the bodies of 19 migrants were found in a sweltering truck southeast of the city. The trailer door was ajar when law enforcement arrived but those inside were too weak to get themselves out, Hood said. Temperatures in San Antonio on Monday approached 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius), and those taken to the hospital were hot to the touch and dehydrated, authorities said. ADVERTISEMENT It wouldn’t have taken long for the temperature inside the truck to become deadly, said Jennifer Vanos, an assistant professor at Arizona State University who has researched child deaths in hot vehicles. The tractor-trailer likely would have been hot even before anyone got inside and because of the high humidity, lack of air flow and so many people inside, their sweat couldn’t evaporate to cool their bodies and they would have dehydrated quickly, she said.S. With little information about the victims, desperate families from Mexico and Central America frantically sought word of their loved ones. Foreign Affairs Secretary Marcelo Ebrard deleted his tweet identifying her without comment.

Felicitos Garcia, who owns a grocery store in the remote community of San Miguel Huautla in Mexico’s southern state of Oaxaca, said the mother of Vásquez Guzmán, who was hospitalized in Texas, had gone to the state capital to learn more about her son’s condition and the whereabouts of his cousin, who is missing. “Life is tough here,” Garcia said., is associated with those numbers — but his son-in-law, Isaac Limon, said that whoever ran the smuggling operation fraudulently printed those figures on the truck. “People survive by growing their own crops like corn, beans and wheat. Sometimes the land gives and sometimes it doesn’t when the rains arrive late. There is nothing in place for people to have other resources. “It was a perfect setup,” Limon said." "Growing corn, wheat and beans is what we do in this region and that leads to a lot of our people emigrating and going to the United States," he said.

People live one day to the next.” Identifying the victims was painstaking because among the pitfalls were fake or stolen documents. ADVERTISEMENT Mexico’s foreign affairs secretary identified two people Tuesday who were hospitalized in San Antonio. Sad to say, but he’s a bit of a victim, too, because people believe it was him. But it turned out one of the identification cards he shared on Twitter had been stolen last year in the southern state of Chiapas. Haneydi Antonio Guzman, 23, was safe in a mountain community more than 1,300 miles (2,092 kilometers) away from San Antonio when she began receiving messages from family and friends anxious over her fate.S.

“That’s me on the ID, but I am not the person that was in the trailer and they say is hospitalized,” Antonio Guzman said. “My relatives were contacting me worried, asking where I was.” In some regions of Mexico, attempting to cross into the United States is a tradition that most youths in heavily migrant towns at least consider. “All of the young people start to think about going (to the U.S.S.

) as soon as they turn 18,” said migrant activist Carmelo Castañeda, who works with the nonprofit Casa del Migrante. “If there aren’t more visas, our people are going to keep dying.” ___ Verza and Sanchez reported from Mexico City. Associated Press Writers Paul J. Weber in Austin, Texas; Elliot Spagat and Julie Watson in San Diego; Tammy Webber in Fenton, Michigan; Edgar H. He said the truck went through a Border Patrol checkpoint northeast of Laredo on Interstate 35 on Monday.

Clemente in Villa Comaltitlan, Mexico; Sonia D. Perez in Guatemala City and Marlon Gonzalez in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, contributed to this report. AP NEWS .