United States immigration: Five die after high-speed chase by border agents

United States immigration: Five die after high-speed chase by border agents

United States immigration: Five die after high-speed chase by border agents

The agent stopped one of the vehicles and alerted officials about the others.

Out of 14 people in the vehicle, four were killed on the spot while a fifth person died at the hospital in San Antonio, the Dimmit County Sheriff said. The vehicle was traveling around 100 miles per hour, the sheriff said. The extreme speed plus the extra weight of the SUV being overloaded no doubt contributed to the severity of the crash, not to mention that there weren't even enough seat belts for all 13 occupants.

Footage of the crash showed four bodies on the ground, the charred Chevrolet and several Border Patrol vehicles at the scene, Fox 29 reported. Officials said they believe the driver and passenger are both USA citizens.

Newly released footage offers a glimpse inside a US Border Patrol detention center in Texas, where more than 1,100 people - including kids - are being held inside chain-link-fenced cages.

The local U.S. Attorney's Office says five people are charged with transporting and conspiracy to transport and harbor "illegal aliens resulting in serious bodily injury and death".

Police rescued the driver through the window of the SUV and took him into custody. One died on the way to the hospital.

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Boyd said such an incident was "not unusual at all", adding that his deputies are involved in high-speed pursuits related to human smuggling or drug trafficking on a daily basis.

The deadly crash comes as the United States grapples with a swirling crisis over illegal immigration that has seen almost 2,000 children separated from their parents over a recent six-week period.

The U.S. Border patrol said in a statement that the SUV was one of three vehicles spotted about 11 a.m. near Carrizo Springs, about 20 miles southwest of Big Wells. An agent suspected they were conducting a "smuggling event", according to the statement, which did not elaborate.

In this image tweeted by David Caltabiano of KABB/WOAI, a heavily damaged SUV is seen on Texas Highway 85 in Big Wells, Texas, after crashing while carrying more than a dozen people fleeing from Border Patrol agents, Sunday, June 17, 2018.

"If I was in Mexico, I would be coming across the USA myself and I would be getting caught and I would be getting in trouble", Boyd said.

"If it can be built, then I think it should be built, but along with that, I think there needs to be cameras", Boyd said. "This is why we need more Republicans elected in November." - tweet Saturday.

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