In the parking lot of a Walmart in San Antonio, Texas, a horrific fate awaited a group of immigrants attempting to illegally enter the United States.
The oppressive heatwave that has engulfed much of the nation is causing temperature to skyrocket across the south, particularly in parts of Texas where illegal immigration has been a hot button issue in recent months. With President Trump vowing to press on with this plans for a border wall to encourage assimilation, Border Patrol has seen a massive drop in cases of human smuggling. The practice hasn’t been eliminated, and accidents do still occur such as the grisly situation discovered in San Antonio this weekend.
“Authorities called to a Walmart parking lot in San Antonio overnight found eight people dead and 20 others in dire condition in the back of a sweltering tractor-trailer, in what police are calling a horrific case of immigrant smuggling.
“The truck’s driver was arrested and all 28 survivors were taken to hospitals, where 20 were in extremely critical or serious condition, authorities said. Eight others were being treated for lesser injuries, including heat stroke and dehydration. Their nationalities weren’t yet known.
“Temperatures in San Antonio reached 101 degrees (38 Celsius) on Saturday and didn’t dip below 90 degrees (32 C) until after 10 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. The truck’s trailer also didn’t have a working air conditioner system, San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood said in a news briefing.
“’They were very hot to the touch. So these people were in this trailer without any signs of any type of water,’ he said. ‘It was a mass casualty situation for us.'”
The horrific incident serves to further reiterate the need for President Trump’s immigration reform policies to take hold.
Assimilating into America has always been the most productive and safest way to enter the United States to make a life. Illegal immigration is not only a worry for Americans who feel the burden in their taxes and crime rates, but it has always been a highly dangerous proposition for those crossing the border. By eliminating as much of this human trafficking as possible, we can work to reduce the number of needless casualties suffered throughout border states.