84 migrants are discovered in the back of a tractor-trailer in the Texas border town’s home – months after 53 died after being left in the back of a sweltering truck in the heat
- At least 84 migrants were seen getting out of a tractor-trailer in front of a home in the Texas community of Olivarez on Thursday
- US Border Patrol agents along with deputies from the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call from a concerned resident
- Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra said the migrants are all from Central America and did not require medical attention at the scene
- A spokesman for the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office told DailyMail.com that the migrants were taken in by US Border Patrol for processing
At least 84 migrants were ‘rescued’ after a shocked resident saw the group step out of the tractor-trailer in Texas near the border with Mexico.
The group was being unloaded from the 18-wheeler Thursday in front of a home in Olivarez, a community north of Weslaco.
Deputies from the Hidalgo Sheriff’s Office and US Border Patrol agents arrived at the home, located approximately eight miles north of the US border with Mexico.
Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra told CNN that all the migrants are from Central America and did not need medical attention.
U.S. Border Patrol agents and Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office deputies encountered 84 migrants Thursday after a resident saw them being loaded off a tractor-trailer in Olivarez, a Texas community eight miles north of the U.S. border with Mexico
It is unknown if the migrants seen emerging from the tractor trailer were smuggled directly into it from Mexico or if they were in another Texas town before they were found in front of a resident in the small town of Olivarez
He added that US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations had taken over the investigation.
A spokesman for the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office told DailyMail.com that the migrants were taken in by the US Border Patrol for processing.
It is unknown if the group had been smuggled from Mexico directly on the truck or if they were transported from another location.
DailyMail.com reached out to US Customs and Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley Sector for comment.
According to CBP data, U.S. Border Patrol agents reported 2.1 million encounters with migrants illegally crossing the Southwest border in the first 11 months of fiscal year 2022, spanning from Oct. 1, 2021, to Sept. 20, 2022.
The agency’s Rio Grande Valley Sector, which covers more than 34,000 square miles in southeast Texas, accounted for just over 440,000 of the bans.
US Border Patrol agents reported 2.1 million encounters with migrants illegally crossing the Southwest border in the first 11 months of fiscal year 2022
The 18-wheeler used to smuggle 84 migrants seen getting out of it in front of a home in Olivarez, Texas, on Thursday. The group is from Central America and was taken into custody by the US Border Patrol for processing
The driver who abandoned the tractor-trailer in the sweltering Texas heat that left 53 migrants dead was ‘high on meth’ when police arrested him
Homero Zamorano Jr., 45, was driving the tractor-trailer crammed with Mexican, Guatemalan, Salvadoran and Honduran migrants before abandoning it near San Antonio. A total of 53 people died in the smuggling operation
The discovery comes three months after 53 migrants died when they were left trapped inside a tractor-trailer on a remote road near Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.
According to Homeland Security Investigations, 48 people at the scene were found dead on June 27.
The driver, Homero Zamorano Jr., and three other people were arrested in connection with the counterfeit contraband.
The 45-year-old, who faces one count of alien smuggling resulting in death, was trying to pass himself off as a migrant and was ‘very high on meth’ when he was apprehended hiding in the brush.
Christian Martinez, 28, was arrested June 28 and charged with conspiracy to transport illegal aliens resulting in death. Authorities said he had been in regular contact with Zamorano Jr. about the smuggling.
San Antonio Police Chief William McManus told CNN at the time that the incident ‘was a crime against humanity’.
“The god in the trailer was completely covered in bodies. Completely covered in bodies,” he added.
‘There were at least 10 bodies outside the trailer because when we arrived, when EMS arrived, we were trying to find people who were still alive. So we had to move bodies out of the trailer and onto the ground.’