Following the discovery of a trailer in San Antonio, Texas, United States, with dozens of dead migrants, the Mexican Foreign Minister, Marcelo Ebrard, confirmed that 22 Mexicans were among the dead.
So far, 50 people have lost their lives, of which seven from Guatemala and two from Honduras have been identified, according to information provided by U.S. authorities.
"We are in mourning. Enormous tragedy. Mexico is involved in investigations in the US, coordinated with DHS (Department of Homeland Security)" commented the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) on his Twitter account.
Of the remaining 19 people, it has not yet been possible to identify their nationality, who died of possible asphyxiation and dehydration, according to initial reports.
In addition, 16 people who were injured - including four minors - were taken to Methodist Downtown, University, Baptiste Downtown, and Santa Rosa West Overhills hospitals.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador regretted these events and assured us that they had to do with problems of poverty and "desperation of Central American brothers and sisters", in addition to human trafficking and lack of controls on Mexico's northern border with the United States.
"We are supporting them. Our consul (Rubén Minutti Zanatta) has been there since yesterday. Mexican immigration officials are also there and we are going to be attentive to support the families of the victims, and the transfer of the bodies. And, of course, to carry out the investigation as far as we are concerned".
Likewise, the federal president pointed out that the above represents a "bitter test" that makes evident the need to support people so that they do not need to abandon their countries of origin in search of better opportunities in U.S. territory, he commented in his press conference this Tuesday, June 28.
It should be recalled that three people have been arrested by U.S. law enforcement authorities so far, although the investigation is still ongoing to identify the alleged perpetrators.
The discovery was announced on the night of Monday, June 27th. Initially, 46 migrants were reported dead in the back of a trailer truck in Texas. According to the Mayor of San Antonio, Ron Nirenberg, the vehicle had crossed the border between Mexico and the United States.
Both Marcelo Ebrard and a spokesman for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement indicated that this case could be related to human smuggling, as the trailer had license plates from the neighboring country superimposed on it to circulate without inspection, according to initial reports.
To support the investigations, the Mexican Foreign Minister asked the Mexican Consul General in San Antonio, Ruben Minutti Zantta, to go to the scene of the incident, who announced that the investigation had been officially declared as federal information. "We are in contact with local authorities and awaiting the report from federal authorities," he said in a video shared by Ebrard Casaubón.
For his part, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus commented that this was the most significant incident of its kind ever recorded in the city after in July 2017 ten migrants lost their lives after being transported in a tractor-trailer that was located by local authorities in a Wal-Mart parking lot in that city.