At least 42 migrants died inside a trailer in San Antonio, Texas on Monday, in one of the most recent deadly smuggling cases along the border, Governor Greg Abbott said on Monday. America – Mexico.
Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard called the suffocation of migrants in the truck a “Texas tragedy” on Twitter and said the local consulate was on its way to the scene, despite the nationalities of the victims. unconfirmed kernel.
A US official told the Associated Press that 15 other people in the truck were taken to a hospital in the San Antonio area. He spoke on condition of anonymity because the information was not authorized to be made public. A San Antonio fire department official later said children were among those taken to the hospital.
Local broadcaster KSAT reported that the truck was found next to the tracks in a remote area on the southern outskirts of the city.
San Antonio police did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
This could be the deadliest tragedy among the thousands of people who have died trying to cross the US border from Mexico in recent decades. Ten migrants died in 2017 after becoming trapped inside a parked truck at a Walmart store in San Antonio. In 2003, 19 migrants were found in a stuffy truck southeast of San Antonio.
Large rigs emerged as a popular method of smuggling in the early 1990s amid increased US border enforcement in San Diego and El Paso, Texas, then the busiest corridors for smugglers. illegal border crossing.
Before that, people paid a small fee to online TV channel operators to get them across a largely unprotected border. As crossing the sea became exponentially more difficult after the 2001 terrorist attacks in the US, migrants were led through more dangerous terrain and had to pay thousands of dollars more.
Temperatures in San Antonio, about 250 kilometers from the Mexican border, rose to a high of 39 degrees Celsius on Monday with high humidity.