Texas Border Patrol Agents found eight illegal immigrant locked in the back of a U-Haul van. They were sweating profusely and one of them had already passed out. Temperatures were well above 100 degrees, even earlier in the day.
Breaking 911 reports:
Border Patrol Agents assisted a Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) State Trooper in the rescue of eight illegal immigrants on Saturday. The subjects were locked in the cargo area of a U-Haul van that had been stopped on I-10, east of El Paso. Temperatures where well above 100-degrees earlier in the day.
Law enforcement personnel discovered that one subject was unconscious. The seven other immigrants were sweating profusely and suffering from the early stages of heat exhaustion and dehydration when they were removed from the van. All were treated on scene by Emergency Medical Services workers and released into Border Patrol custody.
Nationalities of the illegal immigrants in the load were diverse: Three Brazilians, one El Salvadoran, one Guatemalan, one Honduran, one Ecuadorian and one Mexican National.
This case was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in El Paso.
Big Bend Sector Chief Jesse Shaw stated, “This was clearly a precarious situation, and could very easily have turned life-threatening.”