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46 Migrants Found Dead Inside a Truck Near US-Mexico Border | ‘They Were Suffering From Heat Stroke'

46 Migrants Found Dead Inside a Truck Near US-Mexico Border | ‘They Were Suffering From Heat Stroke'

Sixteen other people, including 12 adults and 4 children, were sent to hospitals.

San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood confirmed the discovery of 46 bodies of migrants inside a big rig truck's trailer on Monday at a news conference. Hood said that 16 other people, including 12 adults and 4 children, were discovered alive and sent to separate hospitals, reports TODAY.

Someone who works along the train tracks in southwest San Antonio early on Monday claimed to have heard a cry for aid. The guy "found a number of deceased individuals inside" the trailer after seeing it with its doors half-open. Hood said, "We’re not supposed to open up a truck and see stacks of bodies in there." He added that the bodies were, "hot to the touch. They were suffering from heat stroke, heat exhaustion, no signs of water in the vehicle."

Dr. Kira Sieplinga, a pediatric hospitalist at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Michigan, "Heatstroke can happen when the temperatures are as low at 57 degrees outside, and a car can heat up by 20 degrees Fahrenheit in just 10 minutes." 



 

 

He added, "It was a refrigerated tractor-trailer but there was no visible working A/C unit on that rig." It is one of the most tragic recent cases of human smuggling along the border between the United States and Mexico, report Reuters

The city's Police Chief William McManus said that this was the worst event of its sort to occur in the city and that three persons were detained after the incident, however, it is still unclear what role they played. 


 

 

An investigation into "an alleged human smuggling event" is being conducted by local police and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), according to a spokesperson. The fatalities serve as a stark reminder of how difficult it is to manage the record-high number of migrants crossing the border between the United States and Mexico.

For U.S. President Joe Biden, a Democrat who took office in January 2021 promising to undo parts of his Republican predecessor Donald Trump's strict immigration laws, the matter has proven challenging. Prior to the November midterm congressional elections, Republicans have questioned Biden's border plan. 

According to Jack Staton, a former senior employee with ICE's investigative branch who resigned in December, the I-35 freeway near the location of the vehicle is a well-liked smuggling path because of the enormous volume of truck traffic that it carries from the Mexican border via San Antonio.

References:

https://www.today.com/news/news/46-people-found-dead-truck-san-antonio-officials-say-rcna35631

https://www.reuters.com/world/us/twenty-people-found-dead-truck-san-antonio-local-media-report-2022-06-28/

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