Border patrol agents find 76 people packed into truck

Border patrol agents find 76 people packed into truck

Border Patrol agents in Yuma arrested a 26-year-old Mexican national, who was part of a program to protect young immigrants from deportation, on suspicion of human smuggling Monday.

The man is now being held in Department of Homeland Security custody.

Andrea Guerrero, executive director of Alliance San Diego, said such releases "vilify" all DACA recipients, known as Dreamers.

In July, 10 undocumented immigrants died from overheating in Texas when they were being smuggled in the back of a tractor-trailer in which the air conditioning and ventilation systems broke down. "However, to vilify entire groups of people based on isolated incidents is irresponsible and unhelpful".

"Most Dreamers - like 99.9 percent - are ideal citizens", Alcala told the television station. All were in good health at the time of the discovery.

The first arrests referred to in the Border Patrol's statement happened last Wednesday.

After stopping the truck, they discovered the driver was in the USA under protection of the Obama-era DACA deportation amnesty. The man allegedly admitted to border patrol agents that he was on scouting duty as part of a human smuggling crew.

Among the 76 undocumented immigrants were 13 children and 63 adults hailing from Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala.

Trucks from Mexico queue as they wait to enter the United States at a border crossing point from Neuvo Laredo, Mexico to Laredo, TX. Three men were inside: the driver - a 20-year-old DACA recipient whose status had expired - and two Mexican nationals suspected of being in the country illegally, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune.

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