Illegal Aliens & Smugglers Involved in California Crash that Left at Least 15 Dead
Entered hole in older border fence where Trump's wall hadn't been built
Illegal aliens and smugglers were involved in the horrific mass casualty crash in California on Tuesday that has left at least 15 people dead so far, according to reports.
The crash occurred near the U.S.-Mexico border in southern California at around 6 am and involved illegal border crossers.
They had reportedly driven their vehicle through a hole that was cut in a section of the border fence, where President Donald Trump’s border wall had yet to be built.
The incident is being treated as a "mass casualty event" by the emergency services.
A vehicle slammed into the "direct path" of a truck driving on the State Route 115 near Holtville, Imperial County,
Fire chief Juan Rodelo told NBC that the smash happened at the intersection of Highway 115 and Norrish Road.
Judy Cruz, head of the local emergency department, said 14 people had died at the scene, with another passing away shortly after arriving at the hospital, according to CNN.
Fox News reported that Border Patrol sources informed the network that the crash involved “human smugglers and 25 illegal immigrants” who were jammed into a single Ford Expedition, which normally can only seat eight people.
The area where the fence was cut was constructed between 2007 and 2009 and was not part of the Trump administration’s wall.
“Two vehicles crammed with illegal immigrants inside had driven through the ten-foot-wide hole in the early morning hours of Monday’s midnight shift, sources say, somehow evading a mobile camera system set up nearby,” Fox News reported.
“The sources added that the border patrol was not looking for the smugglers until they were notified by the Imperial County Sheriffs Office about the crash, which occurred about 8 miles north of where the fence was cut.”
Law enforcement officials are reportedly working with the Mexican consulate to identify the victims—who range from 20 to 55—so their families can be notified.
The Washington Post reported that El Centro Regional Medical Center chief executive Adolphe Edward said in an interview that he believed that the victims from the crash were illegal aliens, using the term “undocumented immigrants.”
But he later suggested that using that term was inappropriate for a healthcare professional, saying they “don’t use the term undocumented in the hospitals.”
“To us, these folks that came to us are patients,” Edward said.
Two Democrat U.S. lawmakers warned this week that President Joe Biden’s immigration agenda will be a disaster for the U.S. and both specifically mentioned human smugglers who know how to work the system for their financial benefit.
Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) “hopes the administration continues using a Trump-era public health order to quickly expel migrant adults and families, at least during the pandemic,” Axios reported.
“He said smugglers will likely use the shift in immigration tactics from the Trump to the Biden administration to convince migrants to come to the U.S.”
“The bad guys know how to market this,” Cuellar said.
During an interview with CNN on Monday morning, Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX) warned that the policies the Biden administration is pushing for could devastate the Democrat Party and the country.
"Well, my concern at this in the recent weeks in my district, migrants who made it across the border, who even pass the line of MPPs [Migrant Protection Protocols], who were 5,000 folks that have been waiting for two years across the border, made it across the Rio Grande Valley were processed and released,” Gonzalez said.
"If that is the message that we send to Central America and around the world, I can assure you, it won’t be long before we have tens of thousands of people showing up to our border.”
"And it’ll be catastrophic for our party, for our country, for my region, for my district, in the middle of a pandemic, in an area where we’ve lost over 3,000 people in my small congressional district,” Gonzalez continued.
"So, I think we need to have a better plan in place.
"I think asylum seekers should be able to ask for asylum and be processed in their home country or a neighboring country.
"And we shouldn’t have a policy in place that impulses people to make this 2,000-mile trek where cartels and human traffickers are enriching themselves.”