The mass grave was discovered by a person who worked not far from where the truck was located, in the south of the city located about 250 kilometers from the Mexican border.
He heard a cry for help and approached the trailer to see what it was all about, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said at a late Monday evening press conference.
This call led authorities to discover 46 victims crammed into the trailer. Sixteen people – twelve adults and four children – were transported to hospitals around San Antonio.
The patients we saw were hot to the touch. They suffered from heatstroke, heat exhaustion. We did not find any water in the vehiclesaid Charles Hood, chief of the fire department of San Antonio.
We face a horrific human tragedy tonight,” said San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg. We hope that those responsible for placing these people in such conditions will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
The 60 firefighters mobilized to take care of the remains will receive psychological support, said Charles Hood.
” We’re not supposed to open up a truck and find a pile of bodies. »
Trucks such as the one found in San Antonio are a means of transport frequently used by migrants wishing to enter the United States.
Such a trip is extremely dangerous, especially since these vehicles are rarely air-conditioned and their occupants quickly run out of water.
The truck discovered Monday in San Antonio was no exception:
It was a refrigerated tractor-trailer, but there was no working air conditioning.said Charles Hood.
As a bonus, it’s hot these days in Texas. On Monday in San Antonio, it was 39.4 degrees Celsius with high humidity.
The investigation, now federal, has been entrusted to the Department of Homeland Security. A spokesperson confirmed that an investigation into alleged human trafficking is being held, in conjunction with the local police department. Three people were arrested, but
we don’t know if they are absolutely related to this or notsaid Chief McManus.
A similar drama in 2017
Texas Governor Greg Abbott blames President Joe Biden for this tragedy. These deaths are a consequence
of its policy of open borders. This tragedy shows
the deadly consequences of his failure to uphold the law.
However, under the presidency of Republican Donald Trump, a similar tragedy had marked the spirits in July 2017: 10 migrants had died in an overheated trailer parked in the parking lot of a San Antonio supermarket.
At the time, the immigration authorities said the temperature in the trailer, where dozens of migrants were, could have risen to 65 degrees Celsius.
The driver was sentenced to life in prison in April 2018 without the possibility of parole.
The arrivals of illegal migrants increased sharply after the election of Joe Biden, although the latter has been trying since his arrival at the White House to stem the influx of migrants by entrusting this thorny file to his vice-president Kamala Harris.
Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said on Twitter that he regretted this
tragedy. He added that the Mexican consul in San Antonio visited the scene and learned that two of the four hospitalized children were of Guatemalan nationality.
was most likely perpetrated by traffickersjudged Mr. Ebrard.