Biden’s feckless open-border policies have encouraged migrants to flood our country, taking foolish chances, making dangerous decisions, and costing many their lives.
Authorities said that a passenger van carrying 30 people crashed Wednesday on a remote South Texas highway, killing at least 10 people, including the driver, and injuring 20 others.
It happened shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday on U.S. 281 in Encino, Texas, about 50 miles north of McAllen.
Sgt. Nathan Brandley of the Texas Department of Public Safety says the overloaded van, designed to hold 15 passengers, was speeding as the driver tried to veer off the highway onto Business Route 281. The driver lost control of the top-heavy van, which hit a metal utility pole and took out a stop sign.
According to witnesses, the van was not being pursued by border patrol or police but was attempting to make a turn at a high speed when the driver lost control of the over-loaded vehicle and slammed into the utility pole.
As ABC News reports: A surge in migrants crossing the border illegally has brought about an uptick in the number of crashes involving vehicles jammed with migrants who pay large amounts to be smuggled into the country. The Dallas Morning News has reported that the recruitment of young drivers for the smuggling runs, combined with excessive speed and reckless driving by those youths, have led to horrific crashes.
Victor M. Manjarrez Jr., director of the Center for Law & Human Behavior at the University of Texas at El Paso, told the newspaper that criminal organizations recruit drivers from Austin, Dallas and Houston. Others come from the El Paso area, while others come from parts of Latin America rife with police corruption.
“They’re told, ‘If you’re caught, it’ll go bad for you,’” he said.
They’ll be picked out of a group of migrants seeking safe passage across the border for a reduction of their smuggling fee, Manjarrez said. They’re told to follow a scout vehicle.
“It’s not bad for a few hours’ work,” Manjarrez said.
One of the deadliest crashes came on March 3, when 13 people were killed when a semitrailer truck slammed into a sport utility vehicle containing 25 migrants near Holtville, California, about 125 miles (200 kilometers) east of San Diego.