This has proven to be a deadly tactic that smugglers use. Luckily, no one in this large group needed medical assistance.United States Customs and Border Protection chief patrol agent for the Del Rio sector, Jason Owens, on an 18-wheeler intercepted in Mexico with 150 people inside. The tractor-trailer was headed towards the U.S. when found.
Why It Matters: Last week's interception of an 18-wheeler containing 150 people attempting to enter the United States reflects the larger picture of human smuggling operations along the U.S. southwest border — which the Department of Homeland Security describes as a "billion-dollar criminal enterprise."
- This event comes nearly two months after at least 64 Central American migrants were found in a tractor-trailer in San Antonio, Texas. 53 of them died due to the extreme heat in what's been described as the deadliest human smuggling incident on U.S. soil.
- A photo shared by Owens on Twitter shows people crowded inside the 18-wheeler, some with their shirts off likely due to hot weather.
- In a separate human smuggling incident reported last week by the same Del Rio sector, nearly 40 undocumented people were apprehended after many were found attempting to flee a trailer stopped at a Walmart parking lot in the city of Del Rio, Texas.
- CBP reported of the incident: "Inside the unventilated trailer were 22 subjects including a family with a young child, in visible distress as the temperature exceeded 100 degrees."
Big Picture: Encounters of people attempting entry into the U.S. along the southwest border have risen to historic levels over the past several months. In fiscal year 2022 alone, CBP is now set to record more than 2 million encounters — the highest number of yearly encounters ever recorded.
Del Rio Sector Border Patrol Agents Encounter Travel Trailer Full of Undocumented Migrants (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
by Jenna Lee,