NUEVO LAREDO, TAMAULIPAS.- The government of Mexico stopped a tractor-trailer packed with 123 migrants, who had little to no ventilation, from getting to the U.S. southern border, Border Patrol announced this week.
Border Patrol’s Del Rio Sector said that Mexican authorities last week detained a tractor-trailer that was hiding an enormous number of people.
They say that the migrants were trapped for more than six hours and there was little to no ventilation and no avenues of escape.
After they were rescued, they were treated for dehydration by medical personnel. Sector Chief Jason Owens said that its bi-national efforts with the Mexican government are a “great example” of the partnerships needed at the border.
It is the latest shocking incident of human smuggling as hundreds of thousands of migrants seeking to enter the U.S. illegally, either by turning themselves in to Border Patrol or by sneaking past agents as “gotaways.”
Authorities have stopped a number of vehicles packed with migrants, including chasing vehicles in the U.S. as they seek to evade law enforcement. The consequences can frequently be deadly. More than 50 migrants died in the summer when they were abandoned in a tractor trailer on a desolate road in San Antonio.
Meanwhile, the total number of migrant deaths at the U.S. southern border in fiscal year 2022 was 856 – the highest and deadliest ever on record.