Texas: 46 immigrants killed in a truck

Status: 06/28/2022 05:49 AM

At least 46 immigrants have been found dead in a truck in the US state of Texas. And 16 survivors were taken to hospitals. Migrants are frequently smuggled from Mexico to the United States in trucks.

46 immigrants were found dead in a truck in the US state of Texas. San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood confirmed the shocking discovery. Accordingly, 16 survivors were taken to hospitals, 12 adults and four children.

“The patients we saw were very hot to touch, and they were suffering from heat stroke.” Hood said there was no water in the trailer. It was already a refrigerated truck. However, there was no operating cooling system. Authorities announced three arrests. Mayor Ron Nirenberg spoke of a “horrific human tragedy”.

The nationalities of each of the victims are not yet known. According to the first information from the authorities, there are women, men, teenagers and young people.

The number of illegal border crossings is increasing

The truck was found near I-35 that leads to the border with Mexico. Migrants hidden in trucks are frequently smuggled into the United States from Mexico. It is about 250 kilometers from San Antonio to the border with Mexico.

For months, the number of people trying to cross the border from Mexico into the United States has been increasing – even without valid papers. Smugglers and human smugglers promise them to help with the deadly consequences.

On Monday, Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard spoke of a “tragedy” regarding the 46 dead. He announced that the Mexican consul would go to the scene even if the nationality of the victims was not yet known.

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The governor blames Biden

Conservative Texas Governor Greg Abbott blamed President Joe Biden’s immigration policies. “These deaths are Biden’s fault,” Abbott said on Twitter. Abbott said it was “a result of his lethal policy of borders.” It will have “fatal consequences” if the law is not enforced.

Opposition Republicans accuse Biden of being too lax on immigration policy and securing the southern border. They also want to use this theme in their campaign for the midterm congressional elections in November.

With information from Torsten Teichmann, ARD-Studio Washington

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