Texas lawmakers find 84 migrants locked in tractor-trailer near border

Texas sheriff’s deputies responded with Border Patrol agents after receiving a tip about a suspicious tractor-trailer in a residential neighborhood near the border. The law enforcement team found 84 migrants who had been dumped from the 18-wheeler.

Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra tweeted photos Thursday afternoon of a human trafficking incident involving a tractor-trailer and a possible home near Olivarez, Texas. The sheriff said deputies working for border security as part of Operation Stone Garden received information about an 18-wheeler unloading suspected immigrants in a residential area.

Deputies and agents of the Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol responded to the area and recovered 84 immigrants who had been transported by smugglers in the refrigerated trailer.

It appears that none of the 84 migrants required medical attention.

Texas deputies find 84 immigrants who had been transported in a tractor-trailer. (Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office)

The sheriff added that the matter remains under investigation. The tweet did not include information about the smuggler or the nationalities of the 84 migrants.

The dangerous practice of locking migrants in the back of tractor-trailers has become more common, and more migrants must be moved across the border to shelters and inside the US.

Earlier this year, agents in the Laredo area found nearly 500 immigrants in nine tractor-trailer smuggling incidents within a week, Breitbart Texas reported.

Unfortunately, this tactic can have deadly consequences. In June, Breitbart reported that at least 53 migrants died after being abandoned on a similar tractor-trailer rig in San Antonio. A senior law enforcement source at the scene told Breitbart Texas that 46 migrants were pronounced dead at the scene or at area hospitals, and at least 16 others were taken to area hospitals. The death toll at the scene was later revised to 48. Five more died in the hours and days that followed.

Bob Price serves as an associate editor and senior news contributor for the Breitbart Texas-Border team. He is a founding member of the Breitbart Texas team. Price is a regular contributor to Fox 26 Houston’s What is your point? Sunday-morning talk show. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX and FaceBook.

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