Reports of migrants trapped in truck prompt U.S. immigration investigation

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. authorities are investigating reports that approximately 80 migrants may have been trapped in a tanker truck on Monday and were struggling to breathe, an official with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said on Thursday.

The official said ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations unit was looking into 911 calls placed on Monday around San Antonio, Texas. During one of the calls, a male caller was breathing heavily as someone else shouted “help” in Spanish, according to a recording. Moans of others could be heard in the background.

The ICE investigative unit is seeking to learn if the incident may have been human trafficking, the official said.


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