Sunday, 17 December, 2017

Dead In What Police Call A 'Horrific Case Of Immigrant Smuggling'

8 people found dead in tractor trailer in Texas parking lot 8 Suspected Migrants Found Dead in Packed, Overheated Tractor Trailer in Texas
Erik Tate | 24 July, 2017, 01:13

The two youngest known victims who suffered injuries are reportedly both 15-years-old.

Authorities did not say whether the truck was locked when they arrived, whether it was used to smuggle the occupants across the border into the United States, or where it might have been headed.

The driver had been held, McManus said, but he didn't release the driver's identity.

"We're looking at a human trafficking crime this evening", Mr McManus said.

The truck's driver was arrested and will be charged, said Richard Durbin, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas, and prosecutors will work to identify others responsible. Others escaped into the woods, he added. A search overnight did not locate any additional victims, but police said they would conduct a second aerial search once daylight broke.

Meanwhile, surveillance video from the store showed that a number of vehicles entered the parking lot and "picked up lots of folks that were in that trailer that survived the trip", McManus said.

The San Antonio Police Department did not respond to a request for comment. They discovered an alien smuggling venture gone horribly wrong.

US Allows More Seasonal Workers as Trump Pushes 'Hire American'
The H-2B Workforce Coalition gave voice to the sector, welcoming the "minimal relief" granted them by the Federal government. The DHS press release went on to say that it received enough visa applications in mid-March to fill out the year's quota.

The police chief said the group included children, but later told CNN that the eight dead were adult men. Temperatures inside a vehicle can increase by 20 degrees more than the outside temperature in as little as 10 minutes, after an hour that temperature can be 43 degrees higher. These people were helpless in the hands of their transporters.

The driver of the vehicle has been taken into custody.

Experts have warned in recent months that tougher immigration policies could make it more hard to stop human trafficking. Officials still don't know where the truck came from and where it was headed but cautioned that this was "not an isolated incident" and residents should keep their eyes peeled.

This article was first published at 2:50 a.m.

"While arriving on scene, I was struck with the gut wrenching reality that dozens of individuals were suffering in an enclosed trailer under the insufferable Texas heat". "It was a mass casualty situation for us". Authorities suspect a human smuggling operation.

US Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has been to Mexico twice to discuss immigration, human trafficking and the spiraling cross-border drugs trade.

In 2003, 19 illegal immigrants died trying to make it into the U-S from Mexico and Central America.

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