Around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, authorities were called to the 8400 block of Laurelcrest Place where they found the trailer. Inside were 55 individuals, including minors, suspected of entering the U.S. illegally.
The 55 individuals are in good health with no signs of heat stroke or heat-related illnesses. The trailer was air-conditioned and the immigrants were given water. Five people were being treated for minor injuries they received while getting down from the trailer.
San Antonio fire chief Charles Hood told CBS News that Tuesday evening's incident was a "totally different situation from the last time we had this," referring to July 23, 2017, when ten immigrants died and another 20 were found in critical condition after being found in a parked trailer on the city's South Side. The driver, James Mathew Bradley Jr., was arrested and later pleaded guilty. He was sentenced to life in prison.
RAICES, a Texas-based nonprofit that provides immigration legal services, was on the scene Tuesday
55 people found in the back of a trailer in #sanantonio We are onsite and ready to provide legal orientation and support with social workers and attorneys, but being denied access to the survivors by @DHSgov pic.twitter.com/2HldFOriSR— RAICES (@RAICESTEXAS) June 13, 2018
We were not allowed to speak to any of the people from the trailer. They were loaded onto buses by @DHSgov and driven away, presumably to detention. What should have happened? Our attorneys should have been able to advise people of their rights.— RAICES (@RAICESTEXAS) June 13, 2018
What should have happened? Our social workers should have been able to do a quick intake to determine if there were any special needs to be addressed.— RAICES (@RAICESTEXAS) June 13, 2018