Inside a Texas Border Patrol facility, children caged behind fences, families separated

18 June, 2018, 05:45 | Author: Katrina Soto
  • Marion Boyd speaks at the scene where five undocumented immigrants were killed when an SUV they were in crashed near Big Wells Texas

When asked why Border Patrol agents started the chase, Boyd said, "It's called good police work".

Most of the occupants were believed to be living in the country without legal permission according to Fox.

The Texas Department of Public Safety said it was investigating the crash, which occurred at 11:18 a.m. local time outside of Big Wells, Texas.

Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boy told WOAI the crash happened off Highway 85 in Big Wells at about noon.

Four people were killed at the scene about 50 miles from the Mexico border and a fifth person died at a hospital in San Antonio, the sheriff said.

Boyd said there needs to be a wall built because this is a "real problem" in the area.

Multiple people from both vehicles were arrested.

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The Border Patrol said in a statement Sunday night that two other vehicles had been travelling alongside the SUV earlier in the day.

Some of the victims were flown by helicopter to San Antonio for medical treatment.

In a later interview, Boyd said the auto reached 100 miles per hour before the driver lost control and crashed.

The chase had reached speeds topping 100 miles per hour, the sheriff added.

The chase began with a Border Patrol agent as the vehicle was coming north from the border, then the Dimmit County Sheriff's deputies took over. The driver, believed to be a United States citizen, was rushed to a hospital; the passenger, also believed to be a USA citizen, now is in custody.

"This, I think, is a flawless example, of why are borders need to be secured", Boyd said.

"Our deepest sympathies go out to the families of those who died in the crash", The Border Patrol said in the statement.

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