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United States: “Horrible tragedy” in Texas, 46 migrants found dead in a truck

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Aerial view of a truck in which migrants were found dead in San Antonio, Texas on June 27, 2022 (Jordan Vonderhaar/Getty/AFP) A truck carrying migrants was discovered on Monday with 46 bodies in its trailer in San Antonio, Texas. Antonio, Texas, after a hot day, and three people were arrested, authorities said. The tragedy, one of the worst in migration in recent years in the United States, comes five years after a similar tragedy in the same town in the south of the country, where ten illegal immigrants had lost their lives in an overheated trailer. a press conference held at the end of a day when the temperature approached 40°C. Sixteen people — twelve adults and four children — were taken care of and were “conscious” during their transport to hospitals surrounding area, he said. Bodies of migrants found in a truck in Texas ( / AFP ) “We are facing a horrible human tragedy tonight,” said Ron Nirenberg, mayor of San Antonio. “We hope that those responsible for placing these people in such inhumane conditions will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.” with Mexico, are a means of transport frequently used by migrants wishing to enter the United States. Such a journey is extremely dangerous, especially since these vehicles are rarely air-conditioned and their occupants quickly run out of water. “The patients we saw were hot to the touch, they were suffering from heat stroke, heat exhaustion, no water was found in the vehicle,” the fire chief said. Call for help”The mass grave was discovered shortly before 6:00 p.m. Monday (23:00 GMT) by a man working nearby, who “heard a call for help” and approached to see what it was, said the San Antonio Police Chief William McManus, during the press conference. Police and firefighters near a truck in which migrants were found dead in San Antonio, Texas, on June 27, 2022 (Sergio FLORES / AFP) Three people were arrested, he said, but “we We don’t know if they are absolutely linked to this or not. were mobilized to take care of the remains and will receive psychological support, said their leader Charles Hood. “Tragedy” Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard regretted a “tragedy” on Twitter. Towards the United States, deadly migratory routes (Kenan AUGEARD / AFP) He indicated that the Mexican consul in San Antonio had gone there and had learned that two of the four hospitalized children were of Guatemalan nationality. most likely was perpetrated by traffickers,” he said. Republican Governor of Texas Greg Abbott immediately seized on the tragedy to blame it on Democratic President Joe Biden. “These deaths are (responsibility de) Biden. They are the result of his deadly policy of open borders,” he said. A fire engine near the site where migrants were found dead in a truck, on June 27, 2022 in San Antonio, Texas (Sergio FLORES / AFP) Arrivals of illegal immigrants increased sharply after the election of Joe Biden, although the latter has been trying since his arrival at the White House to stem the influx of migrants. The Democratic opponent of Mr. Abbott, Beto O’Rourke, called for “dismantling the networks of human trafficking and replacing them through more channels dedicated to legal immigration that reflect our values ​​and the needs of our country”. Pope Francis expressed on Tuesday his “pain” for this “tragedy”, which he compared to that of the Spanish enclave of Melilla in Morocco, where at least 23 migrants perished on Friday. The UN said it was “deeply troubled”. Americas: deaths and disappearances of migrants (Kenan AUGEARD / AFP) “This is not the first tragedy of its kind, and it illustrates once again the crucial need for safe legal channels for migration” declared from Geneva a door- word of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ravina Shamdasani. In July 2017, a similar tragedy had marked the spirits: ten migrants had died in an overheated trailer parked in a supermarket parking lot near San Antonio. At the time, the immigration services had indicated that the temperature in the trailer, where dozens of migrants had taken place, could have risen to 65°C. The driver of the truck had been sentenced to life imprisonment. ■

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