Charged in 'Smuggling Scheme' After Fatal SUV Crash in Texas

Charged in 'Smuggling Scheme' After Fatal SUV Crash in Texas

Charged in 'Smuggling Scheme' After Fatal SUV Crash in Texas

In Texas' Rio Grande Valley, the busiest corridor for people trying to enter the U.S., Border Patrol officials say they must crack down on migrants and separate adults from children as a deterrent to others trying to get into the U.S. illegally.

Boyd said a total of 14 people were inside the SUV and several were ejected out of the vehicle when it rolled onto Highway 85. The 2013 Tahoe, driven by 55-year-old Mexican citizen Marcial Gomez Santana, yielded to agents, while the other two vehicles led Border Patrol agents and Dimmit County Sheriff's deputies on a high-speed chase. He says the SUV with immigrants inside ran off the road during the chase, caught gravel, causing it to roll over. According to News 4 in San Antonio, 12 of the people inside the auto were ejected during the crash and four were pronounced dead at the scene. A fifth person later died at the hospital.

Attorneys at the hearings said the immigrants had brought two dozen boys and girls with them to the US, and the judge replied that he didn't know what would happen to their children.

Boyd said he was not sure of the passengers' countries of origin, but that most immigrants passing through the county come from Mexico or Central America.

Federal prosecutors say 20-year-old Jorge Luis Monsivais Jr. was driving the 2007 Suburban that crashed Sunday near Big Wells, about 100 miles southwest of San Antonio.

Customs and Border Patrol has said an agent saw what appeared to be three vehicles involved in a smuggling operation on a rural highway Sunday morning.

In addition to the driver, one of the passengers, who is also believed to be American, was placed in custody.

The auto can be seen knocking down the man and continues to drive away as the man says the license plate of the vehicle aloud.

Authorities previously encountered the driver of the SUV last week, and believe he was in the area to pick up or scout unauthorized immigrants, Boyd said. "This is, I think, a ideal example of why our borders need to be secure".

Republican senator Ted Cruz, of Texas, said he plans to table emergency legislation meant to keep immigrant families together. That agent stopped one vehicle and radioed a description of the other two vehicles to other agents, the agency said.

Just before noon, about 50 miles from the Mexico border, US Border Patrol initiated a pursuit of a Chevrolet Suburban suspected of being in a "smuggling event" near Carrizo Springs, Texas. "It is a major problem".

"I can go home with my auntie, at least", the girl said, proudly explaining that she memorized it.

It's extremely busy." He added: "We need assets down here.

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