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Texans mourns immigrants who died in truck tragedy

San Antonio, USA: Texas residents gathered in the scorching sun on Wednesday, abandoned in a trailer of rising temperatures, and then mourned the 53 immigrants who died this week, leaving behind flower tokens, candles, and bottles of water. Mourners say they and their loved ones also illegally emigrated to the United States and gathered on Monday at the location of San Antonio where the truck was found, building a large wooden cross to pay homage.

According to the Immigration Bureau, 53 people died after being trapped in a trailer without water during the day when the ambient temperature rose to 103 degrees Fahrenheit (39.4 degrees Celsius), with many dehydrations and heat strokes. Died. The other 11 are still being treated at a local hospital, officials said. “I have a family who has experienced the same thing, so this all hurt my heart,” said Veronica Basquez, 37.

“All my cousins ​​and uncles have illegally come to the United States across rivers and through the desert,” she said. Roberto Alvarez, who lives in this area, brought roses and candles. The 48-year-old himself came to the United States as an undocumented immigrant. “You put yourself a little in place of them … because you survived it too,” he said. According to Francisco Garduno, director of the National Institute of Immigration to Mexico, the deaths included 27 Mexicans, 14 Hondurans, 7 Guatemalans and 2 El Salvadorans.

The nationalities of the other three have not yet been revealed. So far, four men have been arrested and charged in the case, according to a statement from the District Attorney’s Office in western Texas. According to the office, 45-year-old Homero Zamorano was arrested on the scene and witnessed “hidden in the brush after attempting to escape.”

He was also found in surveillance footage driving a truck at immigration, the statement said, if he was charged with one count of deadly alien smuggling and convicted. Added that he is facing life imprisonment or the death penalty. Garduno said the suspect’s driver was initially pretending to be one of the survivors.

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The local daily newspaper San Antonio Express-News quoted law enforcement officers as saying that the man was “very expensive in stimulants.” Court documents showed that federal law enforcement agencies arrested two other men at an address linked to tractor trailer registration on Tuesday. According to the document, Mexican citizens Juan Francisco Dorna Bilbao and Juan Claudio Dorna Mendes, who have exceeded US tourist visas, have been charged with illegal possession of multiple firearms. They face up to 10 years in prison.

A fourth man, Christian Martinez, was arrested Tuesday in eastern Texas, according to a statement from the district attorney. He said he could be charged with a plot to transport illegal immigrants to death and face life imprisonment or the death penalty.

Officials from Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras, met at the Mexican Embassy in Washington, issued a joint statement promising to help victims and their families. They said they would form a rapid action group to target and dismantle the trafficking network. San Antonio police were first warned on a trailer on Monday after workers near an isolated road in San Antonio heard screams for help and went on an investigation. – AFP

https://www.kuwaittimes.com/texans-mourn-migrants-who-died-in-truck-tragedy/ Texans mourns immigrants who died in truck tragedy

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