human smuggling

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

The Texas attorney general is launching an investigation into how San Antonio handled a human smuggling incident last month. The attorney general’s office sent a letter to the city asking it to preserve all records and information related to the release of 12 migrants who were found in a trailer.


A 61-year-old truck driver has pleaded guilty to two counts of human smuggling leading to the deaths of 10 unauthorized immigrants in San Antonio earlier this year.

James Matthew Bradley Jr. pleaded guilty to one count of transporting aliens resulting in death and one count of conspiracy, according to a statement released by the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Texas. Bradley faces up to life in prison.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Thirteen of the nearly forty immigrants found in a sweltering semi trailer on Sunday are still in the hospital. Fourteen are in custody, considered witnesses in the human smuggling case against the driver. Legal experts say the immigrants who survived incident could possibly avoid deportation.  

 

 

 

Ryan E. Poppe

Thirteen people have been charged as material witnesses in the tragic smuggling case that resulted in 10 heat deaths. 

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The discovery of a stifling tractor-trailer in San Antonio this weekend – packed with nearly 40 undocumented immigrants – is reverberating across the country. Ten people have died as a result of the possible human trafficking incident.

Since the case first came to light, some sources in the media have been using the terms 'human trafficking' and 'human smuggling' interchangeably. But they're two very different crimes.