Something Sketchy Noticed in Story of Texas Illegal Migrants Killed in Semi Trailer…

Until tonight we had not paid much attention to the national headline grabbing story of the ten dead illegal aliens killed from overheating and dehydration during a 100 person human trafficking/smuggling operation in Texas.  –Story Here– However, when reviewing the story and file video we immediately notice something that doesn’t appear to be discussed in the media anywhere.  Look:

That semi-trailer is a refrigerated unit.  That’s a Thermo King unit (circled above) on the front of the trailer.  That trailer can carry refrigerated and frozen product.  The refer unit has a fully adjustable commercial thermostat.  That specific type of trailer is built to haul anything from ice or ice-cream to milk, produce or other perishables that require cold transport; or it can be turned off and just carry any cargo like an ordinary (non refrigerated) trailer.

And yes, the Thermo King unit can, albeit as an unintended use, act just like air conditioning too.  It is a fully functional cargo cooling system, which can operate just like your own vehicles’ A/C system.  The thermostat on the unit is programmable to whatever temperature you wish to maintain in the trailer, however; it is still important to make sure you are fully covered from a company like Insurance Partnership just in case.

The trailer has its own gas tank (you can also see that in the screengrab), which allows the refrigerated trailer unit to operate independently of the tractor.  The motor for the Thermo King is not related to the operation of the tractor. The video for the screen-grab is below:

SAN ANTONIO (CNN) – Crowded inside of the boiling tractor-trailer, they took turns taking breaths from a hole in the semi. Some fainted. Others banged on the wall to get the driver’s attention but he kept going, one man who survived the journey told federal authorities.

The driver, James Matthew Bradley Jr. told federal investigators he had no idea dozens of undocumented immigrants were stuffed inside tractor-trailer he was hauling. The 60-year-old Florida man was charged Monday with knowingly transporting undocumented immigrants.

The assistant public federal defender who is representing Bradley couldn’t be reached for comment.

The tractor-trailer was found parked at a Walmart in San Antonio early Sunday morning after an employee at the store called police. Authorities found dozens of undocumented immigrants inside.

Eight people in the truck were already dead, and two more died after being hospitalized. Dozens more were severely injured, and many will suffer from “irreversible brain damage,” the city’s fire chief said.

A federal complaint shed light on the ordeal. One man from Mexico, who crossed the border through Laredo, Texas, said he and his brother traveled for a day before they climbed into the tractor-trailer; another man said he spent nearly 11 days at a Laredo “stash house” with about two dozen others before their journey on the semi.

Federal authorities are classifying the incident as a human smuggling case.

“This most recent example is an example of human smuggling where individuals were brought into the United States in violation of immigration law,” Jack Staton, acting assistant director for intelligence for Homeland Security Investigations at ICE, told reporters on Monday.  (read more)

The fact the trailer had a Thermo King unit doesn’t change the horror of the incident.  However, it does potentially aggravate the legal position of the driver, James Matthew Bradley (60), and raise questions as to whether he turned the unit off, or whether he even knew there were people inside.

Make of that aspect what you will, but the reality is that trailer was entirely capable of being the same temperature as the cab (or your own vehicle).  It is a tragic situation made even more tragic knowing there was no need for anyone in that trailer to suffer in such heat.

Semi Driver James Matthew Bradley, 60, exits transport van.

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331 Responses to Something Sketchy Noticed in Story of Texas Illegal Migrants Killed in Semi Trailer…

  1. TheWanderingStar says:

    The City of San Antonio needs to be held accountable by fighting the Texas government tooth, nail and foot to keep their sanctuary city status intact. Now they can advertise themselves as the eternal sanctuary city. Stop this nonsense San Antonio. Support the laws of the land.

    Liked by 11 people

    • Scott says:

      The Iowa trucking company that the trailer originated from has issued a statement in which they made these points:
      1) The trailer had an inoperable refrigerator system and had been sold as what is termed as a “Box Car”
      2) The driver was hired to deliver the “Box Car” in Texas to the buyer.
      Evidently once he arrived at the buyer he was then hired to haul the “freight”.

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    • Mike says:

      “Support the laws of the land”…..sanctuary cities are not the law of the land, just the opposite.

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  2. thedoc00 says:

    While the fight over the “wall” trudges on, regulations need to put in place that require opening every Trailer crossing the border both at the border and the Border patrol check points located away from the border. Also, continue to push to eliminate the sanctuary concept for illegal immigrants both inside the US as well as dismantle the Obama State Department efforts at our Embassies in Central and South America that aided illegal immigration.

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    • reenahovermale says:

      I really like the idea of opening the trailers up at the border. Wasn’t part of the NAFTA deal where the trucks didn’t have to be inspected anymore – or fast-tracked? Now that NAFTA is getting reworked, this would be an excellent point to push.

      Liked by 15 people

    • Founding Fathers Fan says:

      They are not immigrants. Immigrants apply to enter another country. These are illegal alien invaders.

      Liked by 12 people

    • Keln says:

      You can play with this here to get an idea of the volume of trucks coming from Mexico, but just as an example, in the month of December, 2016, 314,233 trucks crossed into Texas alone.

      That is a LOT of trucks. Opening all of them at the border is simply unfeasible. Which is why they are opened at random, x-ray scanned at random, weighed, bill of lading checked, and pass through dosimeters to sniff out nuclear materials.

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    • Victoria M. McIntyre says:

      You make so much sense that of course the government in this country will probably never consider your comments. I live in San Diego and the only government policies worse than the federal government are Governor Jerry Brown’s.

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  3. AZmama says:

    Seems like drivers should be required to sign off on the contents before hopping in to drive somewhere. It would protect the driver for sure.

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    • Peaches says:

      My dad is a driver. He says sometimes trailers are sealed so you can’t open it. The truck driver says the truck came from Iowa and was being delivered empty to a buyer in Brownsville, TX. Immigrants loaded when he stopped in Laredo. Dad says there is a big sign at Laredo check point that lists number of CDL’s lost by drivers with illegal drug or human cargo was in the 600s this week. He’s always asked if he is a citizen; he answers yes, and is waved through.

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      • Tejas Rob says:

        >The truck driver says the truck came from Iowa and was being delivered empty to a buyer in Brownsville, TX. Immigrants loaded when he stopped in Laredo.

        Yeah, he said that, but you don’t go from Iowa to Brownsville through Laredo. Laredo would be way off the path.

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      • Bet that wave-through will stop, Peaches. The driver appears to an American. And I’ll bet he has never pulled a reefer trailer before either; hence had no idea how to turn on A/C. I do believe he heard his illegal passengers, but sang loudly, “Lalalalalalala….”

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      • Scott says:

        The Trucking company in Iowa stated the trailer was being sold as a “box car” because of the inoperable refrigeration system.

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  4. Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

    Now apparently the driver was operating with a suspended license.
    It’s all a big criminal enterprise top to bottom.

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    • Ned says:

      There is NO WAY you can NOT hear people screaming or banging the sides for attention to get out. The driver KNEW what he was carrying. Notice how people immediately came to pick up the passengers. They ALL need to be DEPORTED too.

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      • freddy says:

        The driver always knows cause he makes a lot extra for human loads. Multiply this by thousands a day. it’s so hot out there right now you can perish quickly….

        Liked by 1 person

      • snailmailtrucker says:

        Actually, when you’re in the Tractor….you can’t hear Squat from the Trailer !

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      • dayallaxeded says:

        I think you’re wrong about the driver’s ability to hear the people in the trailer, as more knowledgeable commenters have stated below. Add to their knowledge the fact that this was apparently an insulated, refrigerated trailer and it’s even less likely noise from the trailer interior would be heard in the cab. Also can’t imagine even a criminal driver not at least putting the a/c on to a minimal extent. Don’t know how that would necessarily help or hurt oxygen levels or other issues, but not running the a/c at all seems like full on socio- or psycho-pathic behavior–no empathy at all. Lots more info needs to come out before the driver gets hung.

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        • bertdilbert says:

          Too little is known to convict the driver at this point. You bring up the very good points of insulated and oxygen.

          While the driver may have known he was pulling some kind of contraband cargo, he may have had no idea he was pulling people. In theory, the people in the container would not make noise to bring attention to the fact that people are inside, until the impending doom presented itself.

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          • Tejas Rob says:

            >Too little is known to convict the driver at this point. You bring up the very good points of insulated and oxygen.

            We know he’s lying. When asked why he went way out of the way to go to Laredo, he said he went there to get it washed. This old truck driver says he’s a damned liar.

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            • Personally, I will accept comments ONLY from actual, real, experienced truck drivers and their families. Everybody else is just speculating or blowing smoke.

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              • Tejas Rob says:

                LOL, I knew as soon as I heard that he is a liar. Anyone who needs convincing, google the Texas map and look at the distance between Laredo and Brownsville, then google truckwash Brownsville Texas. There are truckwashes everywhere.

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            • bertdilbert says:

              Maybe he was going to get a hooker in Laredo, but a truck wash sounded better? Knowing truck drivers, would they admit to a hooker or say truck wash?

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      • Actually, being a refer unit it has heavy insulation throughout the walls, floor and ceiling. I would be willing to be that you can’t hear much coming from the inside of it for that reason. However, if the people inside were moving around and trying to make noise, I believe he would have felt it thrrough the truck.

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        • SouthCentralPA says:

          Experienced CDL “A” driver here (WBW, anyway). Washing is like picking up/dropping off pallets. You go where they tell you to go to get it done. (Once had to go from near Hamilton, AL to Olive Branch to drop off pallets bcs that was where the company wanted them off-loaded)

          We simply don’t know enough yet about this specific case, and we need to extend the same presumption of innocence to this fellow as we would want for ourselves. I have personally picked up a whole lot of dropped trailers in my time that I never saw the inside of.

          All that being said, IF he knowingly had humans in the trailer and he was not running the reefer (what truckers call the refrigeration unit), he is one cold-blooded sonovagun, and is in a whole heap o’ trouble.

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          • Tejas Rob says:

            >Experienced CDL “A” driver here (WBW, anyway). Washing is like picking up/dropping off pallets. You go where they tell you to go to get it done.

            Yeah, sometimes you have to have it washed where they have a contract, but a company from Iowa is not going to have a contract with some independent truckwash in Laredo Texas. They’re going to use a nationwide chain, like the Streakin’ Beacon or others. No way he had to drive to Laredo to find one.

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            • JimBob says:

              The article states that the refrigeration unit was not working, and that ‘the vents were stopped up’.
              But, what gets my attention is that the people got in the trailer in Laredo (on the Mexican border, in south Texas), and went to BROWNSVILLE?!
              That’s as far south as you can get in Texas!
              I would wager they just went where they were told, and had no idea of which way the truck was going.
              I have mixed feelings on the passengers. If they were a bunch of MS-13 thugs, I would have no regrets, but I have a suspicion (as they obeyed and went into the trailer voluntarily) that these were just regular people trying to sneak in and make a better life. I do not favor admitting them or letting them stay if they snuck in….. but no-one deserves to get the treatment those people got!

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              • auscitizenmom says:

                I have been reading about these kind of deaths in trucks for at least 20 years. And, back when I lived in San Diego, they started a campaign to warn people to slow down (from 80 MPH) in one section of a freeway because so many illegal families were being killed on that freeway. Better that they would have put up a tall fence to stop the families from getting to the freeway.

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  5. Abster says:

    No sympathy here. Illegal is illegal. These people set themselves up for the unknown, possibly death. Wish we could scoop survivors up and quickly get them back to their homeland. I don’t want them here. I am really sick of these people thinking we owe them.

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    • Ned says:

      AGREE. ILLEGALS commit a crime coming here ILLEGALLY.
      NO SYMPATHY for CRIMINALS!

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      • gildie says:

        Hard men, there, Abster & Ned. Makes me think maybe when there’s nothin in the fridge, ya go next door & rip an arm off the neighbors kid & throw it on the barbie.
        I don’t want those illegals here either. Build a triple wall, north & south. Heave the ones that get through back over. Fine with that. Stop ALL immigrants from muslim countries.
        I don’t trust any of them, not one.
        However, to roast people alive in a box? Sorry, that rises to ISIS level of depravity & I wont
        go there.
        Does that make me soft on illegals? I’m not, but go ahead, swing away.
        But of Gods sake, have the decency to shoot them in the head when caught. Fast & painless. Whistling a happy tune next to a box of people baking alive? Go ahead & explain that one on your day of judgement.

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        • Abster says:

          Gildie…they wouldn’t have fried if they weren’t illegally hopping into a truck coming into our country to be an illegal. I stand by my comment. BTW, I am a female.

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        • J says:

          Your post, Gildie is powerful. The people in that trailer assented to the risks. But…why? Mexico is a failed State, like so many others. Does Carlos Slim care? He owns the New York Times, for Chrissakes. Where is his voice when Mexicans risk their lives to escape his crony, socialist horror. A long time ago, East Germans were murdered when they tried to flee the Horror of Soviet rule. Did you pity them? Or were they too far away for you to be bothered?

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    • jefcool64 says:

      Being sympathetic is free and expected in a civil society. The only thing you’re right about is that they shouldn’t be here. That doesn’t excuse not caring. If you can’t care about people dying in something that shouldn’t have happen than how would I expect you to care about issues in a mature adult matter?

      You’re a lost soul.

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      • “If you can’t care about people dying in something that shouldn’t have happen than how would I expect you to care about issues in a mature adult matter?”

        You know why it shouldn’t have happened?

        Because those people shouldn’t have been in this country to start with. Yeah, it’s terrible what happened. But it was also 100% avoidable.

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  6. scottmc37 says:

    Doesnt matter, the AC still needs to be turned on and it uses fuel, the truck also has a door, but it needs to be opened. These people are treated much worst than animals

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    • janc1955 says:

      These people apparently sign up for that treatment.

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      • setup2100 says:

        Agree, was anyone in that TRUCK that did not want to be there??? No, The smuggling venture just went bad. Other than that they would have be successful in sneaking into this country and be on the Gov’t dole in 30 days.

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      • dayallaxeded says:

        What an attitude! Noone signs up for that kind of treatment! They signed up for a promise of reasonably safe transport to their idea (wrongly and illegally sold to them, of course) of a “promised land.” Lay the blame for these people’s deaths, the criminal or negligent downfall of the driver (how’d you like to live with the knowledge that you did that to people, whether intentionally or not?) and all the other problems, sins, deaths, and other horrors of illegal immigration on those who’re truly responsible–Fed-f__king-Gov for at least the last 50 years, right up until PDJT took office. Build the wall, direct defense budget away from needless foreign adventurism and back to securing our borders and this kind of story will hopefully never happen again.

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        • janc1955 says:

          You should probably check YOUR attitude. I’m sick to death of personal responsibility laid at the feet of government. Yes, big govt seems to encourage bad behavior. It’s equally true that people are responsible for their own choices and behavior, including the people in our inner city ghettos and in the back of that truck.

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          • Bill in Lexington,NC says:

            There is plenty of responsibility to go around … lax government attitudes OUR OWN ACCEPTANCE of those attitudes, the coyotes who toss people in trucks (for generally BIG fees) and let them roast to death (having generally already raped the attractive women and girls).

            Frankly, I’m not going to put too much on the driver yet. The cargo wasn’t trying to get his attention when he picked up a sealed box. I have no clue why he headed to Laredo but its for certain that it wasn’t his decision to do so. A driver usually only gets paid book miles (always less than actual miles already), so he isn’t going to take a long detour without good reason. The only thing I would call him out for was if he KNEW what the cargo was and he still left the vents closed.

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        • progpoker says:

          I lay the blame on 30 years of Congress, Bush 1, the Clintons, Bush 2 and especially Obama as he outright invited the invasion. These coyotes need to be strung up and the border shut down until a reasonable process is put in place!! #MAGA🇺🇸😎👌🏾

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          • Patriot Lady says:

            progpoker,
            Agree 100% ! And I blame Bush 1 the most. I often imagine what the US would be like today if Bush 1 had been a conservative. If he had continued with Reagan’s policies, chances are good we wouldn’t have had Obama– or even Bill Clinton for that matter!

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    • Ned says:

      They shouldn’t have come here ILLEGALLY.
      Then they wouldn’t be DEAD or in distress.
      I have NO sympathy for people who intentionally BREAK OUR LAWS.
      They knew the risk and came here anyway.

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    • BAMAFan says:

      Agreed. These illegals paid for this transportation. They shouldn’t have to die because they want to come to a better country. If you believe they should, by all means go to the border and open fire on them as the float across the Rio Grande. Extra points for killing children.

      Seriously, this debacle is a tragedy on so many levels. But death should not be what we accept for illegal entry.

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      • mimbler says:

        I’m sorry that they made the choice to break our laws and contract their transportation to murdering drug cartel personnel.

        But they are responsible for what happened because they made that choice. We have nothing to do with it.

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      • freddy says:

        It’s a national disgrace and human right violations where people are treated less than human to have to get here. Thats why there must be walls and all sort of enforcement.. i live down here it’s been 115 and 60% humidity in the desert. I don’t even go outside much less walk in the desert…….There are so many casualties right now it will be staggering…people die within an hour in this kind of heat……

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        • Lynn says:

          Desert? Texas? San Antonio? Sounds like you don’t know the area at all! San Antonio is part of the hill country…it is green, lush. Hot and Humid yes but not desert!
          The crime here is not the US fault nor is it our national disgrace. It is a crime committed by foreign governments that don’t care for their own people and in some cases encourage them to migrate north to the US, activist illegal immigrant civil rights groups that encourage the breaking of federal law for their own profit, drug cartels that profit from human smuggling and the possibly driver of this truck.

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          • Bendix says:

            I’d say it’s partly our government’s fault, because some in our government reward these people for getting into a trailer and coming here. You couldn’t MAKE me get in a truck like that. So the payoff has to be pretty big, and that payoff is via the American taxpayer.

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      • truckinmack says:

        How many illegals are staying in your house? Even if you have ‘one’ it doesn’t matter. What you need to have is an open door allowing anyone to enter your house whenever. You should also have food and drink available for everyone. If you are not willing to support all the illegals, then why do you insist the rest of us do?

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        • freddy says:

          Your reading it wrong…i want all illegals out of here my whole town is over run…But so many people are making money off this smuggling it’s shameful. hey it’s all well known what goes on and that is the disgrace to lure the people and look the other way as they are treated like animals by drug mafia thugs….The border has to be secured. people dying is unacceptable no matter who they are….

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      • bayrat65 says:

        Why not death? I’m not sorry for them. Tell me how many America citizens have been killed, murdered, maimed by illegals? For years and years. Built the damn wall!!!

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      • bertdilbert says:

        “death should not be what we accept for illegal entry.”

        Trump brings this up continually with the murder of Jamiel Shaw and Kathryn Steinle, which is why we demand a wall.

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    • Disgusted says:

      No. Usually animals don’t have choices, but these people chose to get in the truck to get here illegally. They did it to themselves. Sorry, no sympathy.

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    • What? Now you want to give them A/C? What do you think this is? A Holiday Inn?

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      • Bill in Lexington,NC says:

        I don’t want to kill humans when there is a choice. I do NOT accept any blame for these deaths, but these people paid for SAFE passage and they didn’t get it. That is 100% on the coyotes.

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    • Abster says:

      The Mexican president and press need to get the word out. Hey stupid, may not be good idea hopping in 53 foot trailer, with no air, no windows, locked door and unknown driver. You might fry doing this and it is illegal. Point is…don’t do it.

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    • J says:

      We are all treated like animals. Have you read anything that comes out of the UN. They think we are animals that should be fed and watered. And then…sheared. That serves as the basis for the Democrat Party platform. Fed and watered…and then sheared,. It was no mistake that the Democrats voted to reject God in their party’s platform. Debbie Whatshername Schultz and Maxine Waters have a far more horrible outcome for you ‘Americans’.

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  7. fleporeblog says:

    After reading the article and the fact the first call he made was to his wife after opening the door, I think Mr. Bradley had no idea what was in that trailer. I can’t see him in good conscious turning the air off knowing people would die. Why would you leave the air on if you think there is no one in your trailer or whatever you were told you were moving didn’t need air. That would be a waste of money and usage of a system that costs lots of money to repair.

    Sad tragedy for those involved! At least Home Land Security is now aware of all the locations used by these smugglers. That wall and NAFTA can’t be finished soon enough.

    This might sound cruel but these folks need to be sent back to their countries once they have received all the medical care necessary for transport. If some will testify, I guess we can consider the possibility of granting them non citizen status.

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    • freddy says:

      Truckers i know get a manifest as to the cargo and destination and instructions about mileage…hard to think he didn’t know something was not on the up and up…..

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    • dayallaxeded says:

      As usual, Fle gets it right. There’s plenty more to the story that needs to be fleshed out before final conclusions are made, but human trafficking, even if those trafficked in some sense “signed up for it” is wrong, tragic, criminal, and a violation of our sovereignty. I hope that PDJT and all his supporters are even more strident now to build the wall and direct maximum available resources to border security.

      We rail a lot about the damage illegals do to our nation and rightly so. But consider too what the flow out of MX etc. of people who’re wrongly, but nonetheless motivated to try to build better lives, especially skilled and semi-skilled mature males–the grandfathers, fathers, uncles, brothers and sons of those countries. Those people need to be home in MX etc. with their families and in their communities, standing against corruption there and building up their own communities.

      In short, no matter from which side of the border you look at it, the “open borders” illegality is catastrophic for all decent people and only a temporary windfall for the corrupt gangsters and glowbullshits (aka, globalists) who traffic in degradation.

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    • Peaches says:

      My dad a truck driver says the weight of 100 people in that trailer would feel empty to the driver. There is more to this story. I hope he has good legal representation.

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    • BAMAFan says:

      He knew. He drove out of his way to Larado where the aliens were loaded into the trailer. Then drove up to San Antonio for the drop off. All that is way out of the way if someone is delivering a trailer from Iowa to Brownsville. Map it out and see for yourself.

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    • Zennalou says:

      So you are for granting them non citizen status.

      They are just as guilty as the smugglers and the drivers.

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      • fleporeblog says:

        I am for tossing their asses out of the country if we don’t need them to take down the cabal. However if we can’t and there are a few that make that happen yes I am ok with it because the cabal will be exterminated.

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    • Bill in Lexington,NC says:

      The air was broke. He couldn’t turn it on.

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  8. freddy says:

    Since i live in CA in the largest drug and human smuggling corridor in the world I can add a little… They round up the illegals in TJ and some have the money…some agree to pay when relatives are called and some swallow balloons of drugs as payments. They run them in batches acroos the linea in 4 wheel drives and roll them up to stash house and hold them till the drugs come out or they extort relatives for money….They treat the people like dogs at best and rape the women… Then the semi comes and is filled for the trip…. It’s a national disgrace. Once in Phoenix or San diego they are home free in sanctuary city….

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    • truckinmack says:

      What I think you are saying is that it is the sanctuary city’s fault. If there was no sanctuary city in the US, then the illegals would mostly come here legally.

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      • freddy says:

        sanctuary city is just the last piece of the corrupt puzzle. The fault lies with politicians lack of resolve to stop the flow because so much money is made. The smugglers pay off and the companies who hire them pay off. it’s pure corruption and evil…..

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        • The Recent Republican says:

          I’m also a California native, and the level of corruption surrounding politicians who have never stopped this nonsense (for decades) is off the charts. Parts of the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles County now look like Tijuana. Mexican Mafia and gangs will just take things out of your garage if they feel like it. And it just keeps getting worse.

          However, I read a news article recently on how illegal aliens are now moving to places like Lexington, Kentucky — which look “American” to them (i.e. white) and not like Mexico, which is what they’ve essentially done to the entire U.S. Southwest — and settling there. So a lot of you in other parts of the country will be able to enjoy the stash houses and human smuggling very soon.

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          • Bill in Lexington,NC says:

            My neighborhood here in Lexington, NC is almost totally Mexican and Cambodian. From time to time the cops run a license check in the neighborhood. My wife, who could easily be mistaken for Mexican, gets stopped. I do not.

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    • What kind of story are the thugs who organize these trips telling the farmers and building contractors and other employers??

      This story gives added strength to the people who agitate for punishing the employers. Just following a few cars that meet these trucks should produce a pretty nice sting and arrest with lots of TV, radio and newspaper coverage. Right?

      Right now, the system is set up for everyone to have “plausible deniability.” They must be caught at the intersection of worker/employer/transporter. And then busted severely.

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  9. Uncle Max says:

    I was telling a friend yesterday, I wish the President has dashed to San Antonio, or at least had a picture of the truck behind him and give a quick statement…

    ” This is the compassion that illegal immigrant supporters and sanctuary cities encourage. Human beings, paying to be smuggled, and they have no control whether they will live or die or where they’ll end up or if they’ll be enslaved. ”
    ” This is the real-life world of encouraging illegal entry. These people paid money to be left in a hot trailer and many of them died. Ask around south Texas or Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico… and you’ll find that “safe houses” are found routinely packed with people. These incidents of trucks packed with people are not uncommon. What is sad is when tragedy strikes and people die… and the media report as if it’s a sad accident and not a necessary risk of smuggling.. encouraged by the media and celebrities and many politicians. This must stop and that’s why I was elected. Encouraging desperate people to pay smugglers to get them into the US, at great risk to them, is not compassionate. It’s evil. ”

    Although, He had a GREAT speech yesterday with the Boy Scouts, so I dunno, but I would have loved the President to use this to bash the open borders crowd. Maybe too much… but I think it would have been kinda awesome…. and it would enrage all the right folks.

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  10. snailmailtrucker says:

    Are there people on other Planets ?
    Are some of them dying because they snuck into someone’s else’s Land ?

    I DON’T F-ING CARE !

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  11. Theo West says:

    I read somewhere a quote from the driver, he said the refrigeration unit was broken, and he knew it when he picked up the truck. Said the truck had been bought by someone and he was delivering it to him, did not know people were in it. I don’t know if he’s telling the truth or not, but if he was being used to ferry illegals without his knowledge, I do hope that comes out. It’s hard to imagine a driver knowingly cramming that many people into an airless, un-airconditioned semi and driving them for hours in the Mexican/Texas heat.

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  12. Rita Meter Maid says:

    I’m surprised Sundance didn’t know that the drive has said he didn’t know anyone was in the trailer. Of course, we’ll never know if that’s true, but if he thought he was hauling cargo that was not in need of refrigeration, then it would be one explanation for the situation. However, if he’s knowingly part of the crime, then it only makes matters worse for him. Bottom line is that this is a terrible situation. Legal or not, no one deserves to be treated that way. Hopefully they can find anyone else who is responsible or also responsible for this situation and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law.

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  13. Blaze says:

    Just like a fly landing on a horse (he feels it)…the trucker felt every last movement in that trailer so he knew humans were the cargo. If not he would have stopped to check why there was movement in his trailer and saw the contents. He is 100% guilty and authorities know it.

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  14. grandmotherpatriot says:

    You’re spot Sundance – I noticed that this trailer was a refer unit yesterday as I dispatched freight for 20 years .

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  15. hawkeye13 says:

    The statement from the previous owner (logo still on trailer) indicated the refer unit was broken and it was being sold as just a trailer. Driver was hired to deliver it to xx location, but the seller says he did not understand the roundabout route the driver took. There is a lot more to this story.

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  16. andyocoregon says:

    Those reefer trailers are extremely noisy. Never take a motel room where they allow them to park overnight in their lot. They’ll keep you awake all night. Voice of experience.

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  17. The Recent Republican says:

    This story — and all of the tragic details therein — is just one more reason for illegal immigration to be stopped for good. Unfortunately, the far left and globalists will see it as one more reason for it to continue.

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  18. fannieprl says:

    I live about an hour from San Antonio and I can tell you the day after this, the weight station closest to my house had 18-wheelers stacked up in a line that was so long, you couldn’t see the end. The freeway came to a standstill because of it. So I think the DPS folks, at least around here and for that day, were very much on top of this issue. Maybe they received a tip that other trucks similarly loaded were coming through?

    That said, at the risk of having tomatoes tossed my way, the meanness of some of the comments on this thread is disturbing. Yes, these people are criminals and yes, they are responsible for the situation in which they found themselves, but we don’t issue death sentences to the worst of our offenders that are as heinous as this death would have been. And no matter what you think about them, these people are/were humans with families and goals and dreams.

    I’m not a big Bible quoter because someone usually manages to make me feel like I don’t know what I’m talking about but this verse did come to my mind… Matthew 25:40
    And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

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    • The Recent Republican says:

      You’re absolutely right that nobody should be wishing death on these people. But it’s another shining example of why illegal immigration and human smuggling is so hideous. Something needed to be done about it decades ago.

      Simply put, if you don’t enforce the law and cater to cheap labor vultures (or their leftist demography-altering allies), then people can’t be surprised when this sort of tragedy happens.

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    • So i question your use of that verse. Where does the Bible say that lawbreakers and criminals who are coming to another land to rob the natives of as much as they can qualify as the least of these?

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      • hypnotique59 says:

        Did Jesus not die on a cross next to a thief?

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        • churchmouse says:

          The thief a) knew he himself was being rightly punished and b) recognised Jesus as Lord (Luke 23):

          40 But the other answered, and rebuking him said, “Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41 “And we indeed are suffering justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 And he was saying, “Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!” 43 And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”

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        • auscitizenmom says:

          Therefore, your interpretation is that a man should leave his doors open to the thieves and murderers and say “Here, take everything I have and then kill me?” That makes no sense.

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  19. MfM says:

    It will be interesting how this plays out. I see three possibilities. The first two are very black and white. He either didn’t know anything about the people in the trailer or he knew all about them.

    The third is more a grey area. He knew something wasn’t quite right, but didn’t know exactly what. He might have thought it was a stolen trailer or a slightly illegal cargo.

    A question might be how much was he getting paid? What paperwork did he have? Was the cooler working when he picked up the truck? What is his history?

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  20. Neural says:

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. The number of illegal immigrants in the United States is well in excess of 40million. If it’s not refrigerated trucks, it’s underground tunnels. The ones that cross the border on foot are the ones who don’t have the money to pay for safe passage deep into the US.

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    • AmericaFirst says:

      And if you add in the last two or three generations of “Anchor Babies” since the official mischaracterization of them as American “citizens,” then it is obvious that we have already signed the death warrant of this nation as a Representative Republic.

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  21. Summer says:

    Since this is an ongoing investigation, the authorities probably know much more than being reported. The authorities apparently believe the driver is guilty.

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    • Authorities always look for a fall guy, so the case can be closed quickly. And didn’t someone say San Antonio is one of the self-named sanctuary cities? How convenient that the driver was from Florida, eh?

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  22. John Patti says:

    Before Obama, trailers were dropped at the U.S. border by Mexican drivers and taken to the U.S. destination by U.S. drivers. It seems like they just drive across now. By design?

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    • Tejas Rob says:

      It’s my understanding that the driver never crossed the border. These people supposedly crossed the border on foot, then were loaded into the trailer, which makes the driver’s story more unbelievable.

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    • mimbler says:

      That was one of the things NAFTA allowed,
      Mike

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    • dayallaxeded says:

      Maybe long before 0bunghole–like Bush 1–NAFTA made it “legal” for MX drivers and trucks to criss-cross the border. You’d think it would have also made it possible for USA drivers and rigs to criss-cross the border freely, but somehow, that really didn’t happen. That’s how it’s looked to me from the outside, anyway. Anyone with first-hand knowledge of the cross-border trucking biz, please chime in.

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  23. Tejas Rob says:

    I saw yesterday in a story that these people were found when one of them approached a person in the walmart parking lot and asked for water. Anyone else see that? How did this person get out of the trailer to ask for water and the others couldn’t?

    There had already been someone there, opened the trailer and took some of the people away. It was also reported that many ran off into the woods. There is more to this story that we are hearing. San Antonio is a sanctuary city, their police force is not to be trusted.

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  24. mimbler says:

    That is an excellent suggestion of taking a DNA sample and being forever ineligible for legal entry.

    That would be quite a deterrent, and quite frankly I don’t want those people to ever become legal,
    Mike

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  25. BAMAFan says:

    Driver was in Larado driving from safe house to safe house loading up with passengers. Each color coded so they could be matched up with San Antonio receivers. No way driver didn’t know what was going on. Survivors are talking and it ain’t pretty. Texas may fry him like he did his passengers.

    http://dailym.ai/2v4Zjxv

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  26. Janeka says:

    Obviously there was no seal on the trailer or the migrants would not have called others to come get them nor climbed out.. During a smuggling operation, of any kind, when should one expect to be safe and secure..? The media supplied random photo of a tractor/trailer parked in front of a Walmart may not be the actual unit the criminal act occurred in, remember the media lies.. a lot..
    We may not be seeing the in your face influx walking accross the bridge but you can bet your first born the undocumented flow of illegal migrants has not slowed down.. For every one of Obozos UAC there were 15 adults the media failed to acknowledge.. The large influx of foreign migrants has consumed everything in Dallas county.. They now out number the citizens and are quickly moving into the surrounding counties..

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  27. Zennalou says:

    Official: Driver in smuggling attempt part of larger group

    One of the jewels in this article is this
    Jacob Monty, an immigration lawyer in Houston, said the help the survivors give to authorities could “lead to permanent residency.”

    and this
    It’s unclear what will happen to one of the migrants who died, identified as 19-year-old Frank Guisseppe Fuentes.

    His parents, who live in Maryland and are in the U.S. illegally, haven’t yet told Guatemalan officials what they want done with his body, and may fear agents could come after them if they claim their son, Andrino said.

    http://www.breitbart.com/news/official-driver-in-smuggling-attempt-part-of-larger-group/

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  28. PowerCord says:

    Sundance – he!! is going to freeze over! You never make a mistake. “The refer unit has a fully adjustable commercial thermostat.” Shouldn’t that have been “reefer”? That’s OK… everyone is fallible at least once in their lives. We have your back.

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  29. BC says:

    “It is a tragic situation made even more tragic knowing there was no need for anyone in that trailer to suffer in such heat.”

    Let’s fix that…

    “It is a tragic situation made even more tragic knowing there was no need for anyone to be in that trailer.”

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