It began late Saturday night when a person from the tractor trailer parked in a parking lot asked a Walmart employee for water. That employee gave the person water and called the police; what they found inside was disturbing.
When Police arrived, they arrested the driver and rescued 20 people from inside the container, and the 20 were rushed to the hospital. Witnesses say the people inside were hot to the touch. Of the 20 rescued nine did not survive.
The San Antonio Police Chief William McManus called it a “horrific tragedy” and said it is being investigated as “human-trafficking.”
ICE Director Thomas Homan reported that they believe 39 people were inside the rig and several escaped that could. Homan claimed that the vehicle most likely picked up the immigrants after they crossed the border.
“Even though they have the driver in custody, I can guarantee you there’s going to be many more people we’re looking for to prosecute,”
US Homeland security has taken over the investigation, and along with the driver, Federal prosecutors say they have also arrested James Matthew Bradley Jr., 60, from Clearwater, Florida.
Department of Homeland Security John Kelly said this demonstrates the brutality of smuggling and that people like this “have no regard for human life and seek only profits.”
San Antonio, Texas is not a sanctuary city, however, has joined the four largest cities in Texas to sue the State Legislator over Senate Bill 4 that makes sanctuary cities illegal.