San Antonio Tragedy Refocuses Attention On Human Smuggling In Texas
Ten people died in sweltering heat in a semi-trailer that was found early Sunday in a Walmart parking lot on the South side of San Antonio.
A total of 39 people –likely migrants in a human smuggling operation – were found in the trailer by police upon arrival at the scene. Survivors were rushed to seven area hospitals to receive treatment for heat-related illnesses including heat stroke, dehydration and asphyxiation.
What led to this incident? How common is human smuggling in Texas? Could changes to U.S. immigration policy prevent future tragedies?
- Kerry Ward, associate professor of history and researcher on comparative slavery and forced migration at Rice University
- Bill Beardall, clinical professor of law and director of the Transnational Worker Rights Clinic at the University of Texas Law School and executive director of the Equal Justice Center.
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