According to the U.S. Border Patrol sector Chief Gregory Bovino, two SUV’s in separate incidents crashed the US Border near Calexico, California on Tuesday with one of the vehicles believed to have 25 people inside and other other having 19 people inside. After a hole was cut in the metal barrier, one of the SUV’s crossed and successfully made it several miles into the US when it eventually crashed into a semi-truck killing 13 occupants.
In the other SUV, it also successfully made it into the US and about 10 minutes laster it caught fire. When emergency officials arrived, 19 people were spotted hiding nearby behind bushes. It is not clear how the vehicle caught fire. In both cases, Border Patrol was not aware that a hole had been cut in the metal barrier fence nor did they see either vehicle cross into the US. The hole was discovered after the fact and officials said they are unsure how long the hole existed or if other vehicles or pedestrians also crossed.
"Human smugglers have proven time and again they have little regard for human life," Bovino told The Associated Press. "Those who may be contemplating crossing the border illegally should pause to think of the dangers that all too often end in tragedy -- tragedies our Border Patrol agents and first responders are unfortunately very familiar with.”
An investigation has been launched into how this could have happened. “Unlike Canada, Mexico does not yet have strong border controls, therefore we must have a strong border so that we know who is coming into the U.S. The majority of illegal immigrants crossing the souther U.S. border are from Central America, and not Mexico, however we are starting to see more and more attempts by citizens from there middle east and other far flung places fly to Central America and then hide among legitimate refugees and illegal migrants fleeing poverty” said Dan Lopez, a security consultant to the Defense Department.