46 bodies found in truck in Texas — RT World News

Forty-six people were found dead inside a tractor-trailer near San Antonio, Texas on Monday, local police and firefighters said. Authorities believe the victims were migrants attempting to enter the United States illegally.

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said officers were alerted by a witness, who saw several bodies inside a parked 18-wheeler trailer with the doors partially open.

Fire Chief Charles Hood told reporters that 16 people, including four children, had been rescued and treated for heat-related illnesses. « They were suffering from heatstroke and exhaustion, » he said. Hood added that the trailer didn’t appear to have an air conditioner.

Police have arrested three people suspected of migrant smuggling.

“Migrants seeking asylum should always be treated as a humanitarian crisis, but tonight we face a horrific human tragedy,” he added. said San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott claimed the tragedy was the result of the « open border policies » of President Joe Biden.

« These deaths are on Biden… They show the deadly consequences of his failure to enforce the law, » he tweeted.

Border agents made 239,416 arrests along the border with Mexico last month, a 2% increase from April. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is on track to surpass 2 million arrests in fiscal year 2022, which ends in September, after making a record 1, 73 million arrests in 2021.

“As temperatures begin to rise in the summer, smugglers will continue to exploit vulnerable populations and recklessly endanger the lives of migrants for financial gain,” CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus said this month.

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