At least 84 migrants found exiting tractor-trailer at residence in Texas border town
At least 84 migrants have been ‘rescued’ after a shocked resident spotted the group exiting a tractor-trailer in Texas near the border with Mexico.
The group was unloaded from the 18-wheeler on Thursday outside a house in Olivarez, a community north of Weslaco.
Deputies from the Hidalgo Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Border Patrol agents arrived at the home, which is about eight miles north of the U.S. border with Mexico.
Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra told CNN that all of the migrants were from Central America and did not require medical assistance.
U.S. Border Patrol officers and Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office deputies met with 84 migrants on Thursday after a resident witnessed them being unloaded from a tractor-trailer in Olivarez, a Texas community eight miles north of the US border with Mexico.
It is unclear if the migrants who were seen exiting the tractor-trailer were smuggled directly from Mexico or if they were in another town in Texas before being found in front of a resident of the small town of Olivarez.
He said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) had taken over the investigation.
A spokesperson for the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office told DailyMail.com that the migrants were picked up by US Border Patrol for processing.
It is not known if the group had been smuggled from Mexico directly on the truck or if they were being transported from another location.
“We continue to face the grave threat to public safety posed by human trafficking organizations and their reckless disregard for the health and safety of trafficked persons,” HSI said in a statement. a statement to DailyMail.com.
According to CBP data, U.S. Border Patrol agents reported 2.1 million encounters with migrants who crossed the southwest border illegally in the first 11 months of fiscal year 2022, from October 1, 2021 through September 20, 2022.
The agency’s Rio Grande Valley sector, which covers more than 34,000 square miles of southeast Texas, accounted for just over 440,000 of the bans.
US Border Patrol agents reported 2.1 million encounters with migrants who illegally crossed the southwest border in the first 11 months of fiscal year 2022
The 18-wheeler that was used to ferry 84 migrants who were seen exiting outside a home in Olivarez, Texas on Thursday. The group are from Central America and were arrested by the US Border Patrol for processing
Driver who abandoned tractor-trailer in sweltering Texas heat that killed 53 migrants, was ‘very high on meth’ when police arrested him
Homero Zamorano Jr., 45, drove the tractor-trailer full of Mexican, Guatemalan, Salvadoran and Honduran migrants before abandoning it near San Antonio. A total of 53 people died in the smuggling incident
The discovery comes three months after 53 migrants died when they were left trapped inside a tractor-trailer on a remote road near Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.
According to Homeland Security Investigations, 48 people at the scene were found dead on June 27.
The driver, Homero Zamorano Jr., and three other people were arrested in connection with the botched smuggling incident.
The 45-year-old, who faces one count of alien smuggling resulting in death, attempted to disguise himself as a migrant and was ‘very high on methamphetamine’ when he was apprehended while he was hiding in the brush.
Christian Martinez, 28, was arrested on June 28 and charged with conspiracy to transport illegal aliens resulting in death. Authorities said he had been in regular contact with Zamorano Jr. about the smuggling incident.
San Antonio Police Chief William McManus told CNN at the time that the incident “was a crime against humanity.”
‘The floor of the trailer, it was completely covered in bodies. Completely covered in bodies,” he added.
“There were at least 10 plus bodies outside the caravan because when we arrived, when the EMS arrived, we were trying to find people who were still alive. So we had to move the bodies out of the trailer onto the ground.