Immigrants tried to enter the US in shipping containers, there are dead
On the evening of March 31, police in Uvalde, Texas, “received a 911 phone call from an unidentified individual who reported that many undocumented immigrants were ‘suffocating’ on a train car .” The train was urgently stopped and the border patrol began its inspection. According to an official from the National Security Investigation Agency (HSI), 17 people were found on the freight train: 15 men and two women. Two of them were reportedly found dead, four were airlifted to San Antonio (of which several were in serious and critical condition), and six were taken to local hospitals. An Agency spokesman said the two dead were men from Honduras.
Some of the found people were in the so-called sea container, designed exclusively for freight transport. The three were found in a hopper car, which is used to transport bulk cargo such as coal or grain. In connection with the incident, a case of human smuggling was opened.
What happened in Texas is reminiscent of the tragedy of June 2022, when 53 immigrants died – they were locked in a truck trailer and abandoned on the outskirts of San Antonio .
2022 was the deadliest year for immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, with 748 deaths at the border, according to the Department of Homeland Security. The situation is also rapidly deteriorating on the US-Canada border, where an immigration crisis has also emerged and people are starting to die .