Hundreds Of Children Wait In Border Patrol Facility In Texas

Minnie Murray
June 21, 2018

This frame grab from video provided by KABB/WOAI in San Antonio shows the scene on Texas Highway 85, where authorities say multiple people are dead and others hurt as an SUV carrying more than a dozen people crashed, Sunday, June 17, 2018, in Big Wells, Texas, while fleeing from Border Patrol agents. The speed of the Suburban topped 100 mph before it careened off the road near the town of Big Wells, southwest of San Antonio and about 60 miles from the U.S. -Mexico border, and rolled over, Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boyd has said. According to News 4 in San Antonio, 12 of the people inside the vehicle were ejected during the crash and four were pronounced dead at the scene.

Police rescued the driver through the window of the SUV and took him into custody.

Of the 23 illegal aliens involved in this scheme, 21 are Mexican nationals and two are Honduran nationals.

Sunday's crash comes amid widespread protests over President Donald Trump's immigration policies that include separating undocumented children from parents caught sneaking them into the country.

The third vehicle - the SUV - kept going, and a sheriff's deputy joined the chase before the fatal crash.

In this photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a U.S. Border Patrol agent watches as people who've been taken into custody related to cases of illegal entry into the United States, stand in line at a facility Sunday in McAllen, Texas. Officials said they believe the driver and passenger are both US citizens.


The driver, who was not hurt, was arrested, Boyd said. She told ProPublica the person who made the recording was a client of hers who asked to remain anonymous because that person feared retribution. At one point, amid a chorus of cries, a male Border Patrol agent speaks up as well.

"This, I think, is a ideal example, of why our borders need to be secured", Sheriff Boyd explained.

Several people are expected to be charged in Federal Court this weeks but their names have not been released or the charges they will face. After following the truck for a short distance, the agents activated their emergency lights and initiated a traffic stop for an immigration inspection.

"What's missing is a conductor", says the man in Spanish, whom ProPublica identifies as a border agent.

"I would reference you to the care provided not just by the Department of Homeland Security but by the department by Health and Human Services when they get to HHS", she said.

The woman says she is in contact with her sister every day but doesn't know when she'll be back with her family.

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