© 2020 Texas Public Radio
Real. Reliable. Texas Public Radio.
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations

San Antonio Tragedy Refocuses Attention On Human Smuggling In Texas

human_smuggling_pic.jpg
KENS 5
/
Eight people died at the scene and 30 others were transported to San Antonio hospitals in an apparent ill-fated human smuggling operation.

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? 

Guests:

This is a community conversation and we want to hear from you. Leave a voicemail with your questions and comments in advance by calling 210-615-8982. During the live show (12 - 12:30 p.m.), call 210-614-8980, email thesource@tpr.org or tweet at @TPRSource.

Stay Connected
Jan Ross Piedad Sakian is TPR’s News Operations Producer. In this role, she develops strategy on collaborative and digital initiatives for the station. Since 2016, Jan Ross has served in a coordinating capacity for TPR’s state and national partners, including The Texas Newsroom.