Rio Grande Valley, TX— La Unión del Pueblo Entero is mourning the deaths of at least 50 migrants tragically found in an abandoned 18-wheeler in San Antonio.
“Our hearts ache for the loss of human life in Texas and for the families who are suffering,” said Dani Marrero Hi, director of communications at LUPE. “We mourn the people who lost their lives, and we send our deepest condolences to their loved ones.
“This devastating incident should serve as a reminder that federal and state governments must end the use of violent deterrence immigration policies. People seeking protection at our border should be welcomed with dignity and shelter— not with guns, walls, and cruel policies that force them to risk everything for a chance to live in safety.
“Throughout history, border residents have extended a helping hand to welcome families and children at our nation’s doorstep. We know we’re strong and big enough to safely welcome people with dignity. These deaths are preventable, but only if federal and state officials stop putting people in danger. President Biden must end the Trump-era policies of Title 42 and ‘Remain in Mexico,’ and Governor Abbott must stop playing politics with the lives of migrants who he dehumanizes for his own greed and gain.”