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At least 46 people found dead in truck carrying immigrants in Texas

Tragedy strikes again for people trying to become undocumented immigrants in the United States. This Monday, at least 46 people were found dead in the trailer of an abandoned truck near San Antonio, Texas, where a heat wave has caused temperatures to reach 39 degrees Celsius.

At a press conference, the local police chief, William McManus, reported that 16 more people have been found alive and taken to hospitals in the area. The head of the fire department, Charles Hood, also explained that all the cases were related to problems related to the high temperatures and that among those taken to hospitals there are minors.

The area, which is about 250 kilometers from the border with Mexico, is a common point where smugglers drop off immigrants. The truck was located by agents of a branch of the Department of Homeland Security specialized in human trafficking cases. That agency is the one that has taken the lead in this investigation, in which at the moment there are three people in custody.

The alert call made by a worker in the area where the truck was abandoned was received shortly before six o’clock in the afternoon, authorities explained at a press conference. Upon arrival they found the trailer doors half-open but the survivors were too weak from the high temperatures they had endured in the trailer, without water or fresh air, to get out on their own.

The deaths come at a time when southern U.S. border crossings from Mexico without papers have skyrocketed. According to the latest data from Customs and Border Protection (CBP), nearly 240,000 apprehensions were made in May, up 2% from the previous month and among the highest numbers ever recorded.

The authorities’ data also show that, although the high arrival of migrants from Mexico, Central America, Cuba and Haiti continues, there are increasing numbers of migrants arriving from other countries such as India, Russia and Turkey.

In Monday’s tragedy, the nationalities of the victims who apparently suffocated to death in the truck are still unknown. This has been said by the Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Marcelo Ebrard, in a message on Twitter in which he reported that the consul is heading to the area and has shown the “condolences to the victims and their families”.

The governor of Texas, Republican Greg Abbott, in his first message on Twitter sharing the news, has assured that the burden of the deaths falls on the Democratic president. “These deaths are the responsibility ofJoe Biden,” he has written. “They are the result of his lethal open borders policies. They show the deadly consequences of his refusal to enforce the law,” he has written.

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