Jun 29, 2022
Two charged in Texas migrants tragedy 6/29/22 Transcript
Two Mexican nationals tied to the unprecedented smuggling tragedy have been charged in U.S. federal court. Read the transcript here.
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Speaker 1: (00:01)
Two Mexican nationals were charged on Tuesday in connection with the tragic deaths of dozens of migrants found in a truck in Texas on Monday. The deadly human smuggling attempt killed over 50 people as they were trapped inside a sweltering tractor-trailer truck in San Antonio, Texas. The two defendants who were arrested following Monday’s incident were charged with possessing firearms while in the United States illegally, according to court documents and US authorities. The migrants were found on the outskirts of the Texas City on Monday, where temperatures swelled to a high of 103 Fahrenheit. A San Antonio Fire Department official described stacks of bodies and said there were no signs of water and no visible working air conditioning inside the truck. Meanwhile, at a press conference Tuesday, Rebeca Clay-Flores, a Democratic local official in Bexar County, Texas sharply criticized Republican Governor Greg Abbott for a tweet on Monday night that blamed Biden’s border policies for the incident, even as the emergency response unfolded.
Rebeca Clay-Flores: (01:08)
While bodies were still being removed, and others being taken to local hospitals, he chose to be heartless and point the finger. Shame on our governor.
Speaker 1: (01:19)
The deaths, once again, highlight the challenge of controlling migrant crossings at the US Mexico border, which have reached record highs. The issue has been difficult for US President Joe Biden, a Democrat who came into office in January 2021, pledging to reserve some of the hard line immigration policies of his Republican predecessor, Donald Trump. Republicans have criticized Biden’s border strategy ahead of the midterm congressional elections in November. Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Tuesday said he will meet with US President Joe Biden in Washington on July 12th. He said migration will be a central issue in their discussions.