Texas-Mexico border chaos: At least 40 migrants found dead in San Antonio inside 18-wheeler, reports say.
Arrests and deportations of migrants have plummeted under the Biden administration as it faces pressure from states like Texas over immigration policy.
At least 40 undocumented migrants were found dead in a tractor-trailer in San Antonio, Texas and more than a dozen were hospitalized, sources told Fox News.
Crews were at the 9600 block of Quintana Road where an 18-wheeler contained the migrants inside, Fox San Antonio reported. The discovery is part of what is believed to be a human smuggling operation.
Fox News has reached out to the San Antonio Police Department and the Department of Homeland Security.
Authorities have not confirmed the number of dead but Rep. Tony Gonzales, a Republican who represents Texas, tweeted that 42 people died.
Today in San Antonio it was 102 degrees. Imagine being abandoned inside an 18-wheeler left to die – 42 people died today – will @AliMayorkas even mention their names?
— Tony Gonzales (@TonyGonzales4TX) June 28, 2022
“Today in San Antonio it was 102 degrees. Imagine being abandoned inside an 18-wheeler left to die – 42 people died today – will @AliMayorkas even mention their names?” he wrote.
At least 42 people, believed to be migrants, have been found dead in an abandoned lorry on the outskirts of San Antonio, Texas.
According to one local outlet, over a dozen people have also been taken to hospital in varying conditions.
Images posted to social media showed a significant number of emergency responders surrounding the large truck.
According to KSAT TV channel, the vehicle was discovered next to rail tracks in San Antonio’s Southwest Side.
According to the New York Times, San Antonio Police Department officers were searching for the vehicle’s driver who was missing from the scene.
San Antonio, which is in Texas, is around 250km (150 miles) from the US-Mexican border.
Mexico’s Foreign Minister, Marcelo Ebrard, said the country’s consul was en route to the site of the discovery, but added that the victims’ nationalities were still unknown.
It was not immediately clear how the people died and local police are yet to comment publicly.