San Antonio police discovered the suspected illegal immigrants less than 200 miles from the Mexico border.
Dozens of illegal immigrants, including some children, were discovered in a tractor-trailer Tuesday night near the San Antonio International Airport, officials said.
Authorities were called to the North Side neighborhood around 8:30 p.m. and found 55 people inside the truck who are suspected of entering the country illegally.
San Antonio Fire Department Chief Charles Hood told reporters that all of the people appeared to be in good health, and only five were treated for minor injuries from jumping from the truck or attempting to flee the area.
“This truck was air-conditioned, thank God,” he told reporters. “This truck had water. So they were hydrated.”
More than 50 illegal immigrants were found in a semi-truck on the Northeast of San Antonio on Tuesday. (KABB-TV)
Last July, 10 people died as they were smuggled through Texas when 39 immigrants were found packed into a semitrailer in the parking lot of a San Antonio Walmart. The driver, 61-year-old James Matthew Bradley Jr., was sentenced to life in prison in April after pleading guilty to a county of transporting immigrants resulting in death, and a conspiracy count.
“This is a totally different outcome than we had several months before,” Hood said Tuesday.
A reporter from FOX San Antonio said when asked, some of those in the group said they were from Guatemala, Mexico, and Honduras.
Some of those in the group told a reporter from FOX San Antonio they were from Guatemala, Mexico, and Honduras. (KABB-TV)
The incident in San Antonio came less than a month after 86 people were discovered inside a tractor-trailer about 45 miles north of the border with Mexico “concealed behind some rotten produce.”
The Department of Homeland Security told FOX San Antonio that agents were on scene and the San Antonio Police Department is assisting and the incident remains under investigation.
All of the trailer’s occupants were taken to a detention center after they were searched. (KABB-TV)
All of the trailer’s occupants were taken to a detention center after they were searched.
Southern Texas is the location of some of the largest trade and transportation ports along the U.S.-Mexico border tractor-trailers move goods between the two countries. Truck drivers, usually U.S. citizens, are paid a fee per person they smuggle across the border in their trailers.