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New details were released this Wednesday about the deaths of more than 50 immigrants in an abandoned truck in San Antonio, Texas, near the border between Mexico and the United States.
According to its investigation, the Mexican government has indicated that the truck passed at least one U.S. border checkpoint en route between the Texas cities of Laredo and San Antonio.
It also pointed out that he was identified as the driver of the vehicle Homer Zamorano, 45, Presumably “I know Done Pass as an immigrant to avoid being detained“.
They already are 53 People killed in tragedy.
Goes through a checkpoint
At a news conference with President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in Mexico City, Francisco Cardano, President of the National Migration Agency, provided details of the vehicle’s journey.
According to the report, the truck traveled from the border town of Loreto to San Antonio on Interstate 35, a well-known route for “transferring irregular immigrants”.
The journey between the two cities is about 235 km.
Cardano promised to be the driver Trapped on security cameras At the Customs and Border Security (CBP) checkpoint near the city EnsignalAbout 56 km from the border.
The officer confirmed that the vehicle passed through another CBP “migration filter” near Kodulla, 109 km from the border. However, This is a border patrol station Connected on the highway Not there Stalls Control.
Details of the investigation shared by Mexican authorities They did not disclose whether the immigrants were already in the truck The moment those two points were crossed.
Cardano confirmed that the trailer had previously been parked in the Rio Grande Valley, where the city of McAllen is located, about 250 km from Laredo.
It appeared to belong to a trucking and harvesting company based in Alamo, Texas.
But the company assured reporters in Texas that the vehicle was not theirs.
According to Cardano, quoting Texas, “Its license plate, logos and license were cloned”.
Driver “pretends to be a victim”
Regarding driver Homo Zamorano, the Mexican government said the tragedy was “trying to pass itself off as one of the survivors.”
He was photographed Monday at 2:50 pm at the CBP checkpoint in Encinol.
At 6:20 p.m., he was attended by emergency services after the immigrants were reported missing.
But he was detained by U.S. authorities along with two other suspects. Cardano identified them Two Mexicans, Juan Francisco and Claudio, were armed.
Both the Reuters agency and the Texas media pointed out that it was shared Family name D’Luna And they will face their first hearing before a judge this Friday.
“Both were of Mexican descent and were found to be irregular [en EE.UU.] Therefore, it is a crime for them to carry weapons, “said Cardano.
About the victims, More than half are Mexican. There was even Hondurans, Guatemala and Salvador. 13 of the dead were women.
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