Dozens of undocumented immigrants were found in a tractor trailer
in North Side San Antonio, reports say.
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.
, a Texas-based nonprofit that provides immigration legal services, was on the scene Tuesday evening,
but was denied access to the immigrants.
Unlike a similar trailer incident on December 23, the undocumented immigrants were taken to a detention center after being searched by San Antonio Police Department officers. After the December incident
, SAPD chief William McManus faced criticism for releasing 12 undocumented immigrants rather than detaining them or turning them over to ICE. The SAPD Union called for city manager Sheryl Sculley to put McManus on administrative leave
, but she stood behind his decision.
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