Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

5 charged in immigrant smuggling scheme after Texas crash

5 charged in immigrant smuggling scheme after Texas crash

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the western district of Texas said the charges were filed in connection to Sunday crash that killed at least five people.

At one point in the recording, as children continue to cry, a border patrol agent comments in Spanish, "We have an orchestra here". The driver was not seriously injured and taken into Homeland Security custody, Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boyd told reporters.

One vehicle stopped and two others led authorities on chases, authorities said.

Four people were pronounced dead at the scene near Highway 85 about 100 miles southwest of San Antonio, ABC News reports. Another occupant remains in critical condition with potentially life-threatening injuries. "It's a problem. This is, I think, a flawless example of why our borders need to be secure".

"Our deepest sympathies go out to the families of those who died in the crash", said Border Patrol in a statement.

Growing attention to an immigration policy that is splitting children from parents after their arrests at the border have people wondering what the actual law is.

While journalists were allowed to briefly tour the McAllen, Texas facility on Sunday, officials did not allow them to take pictures, shoot any video or interview any of the more than 1,100 people who were waiting inside. One died on the way to the hospital.

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The chase began after a Border Patrol agent noticed three vehicles traveling in a caravan and suspected smuggling, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement.

Prosecutors said Tuesday that almost two dozen immigrants were involved in the smuggling scheme. The deadly wreck comes amid widespread protests over President Donald Trump's immigration policies that include separating undocumented children from parents caught sneaking them into the country.

Boyd says a deputy in the area responded and took over the high speed chase that reached more than 100 miles per hour.

The Border Patrol told the publication that it is cooperating with a tribal investigation, but did not say whether it was conducting an internal investigation.

"If I was in Mexico, I would be coming across the USA myself and I would be getting caught and I would be getting in trouble", Boyd said.

Border Patrol along with the Laredo Police Department discovered five undocumented immigrants living in an alleged stash house in south Laredo. I think we need more boots on the ground.

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