(MENAFN) The United States government is having trouble controlling its southern border, according to Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who blamed a " lack of control" after over 50 immigrants died while being transported into the United States, making it the bloodiest human trafficking case in United States history.
One day after dozens of migrants were discovered dead inside a tractor trailer near San Antonio, Texas, Obrador claimed that the deaths were a "tremendous tragedy," noting that such incidents happen because of poverty and desperation as well as the chaotic environment along the border. Obrador was speaking during a press conference on Tuesday.
The president declared that “it happens because there is trafficking of people and a lack of control, in this case at the Mexican-US border, but also in the US interior.”
The tragedy " appears to be the deadliest human smuggling case in modern US history," according to United States law enforcement sources, after the local authorities in Texas increased the death toll to 51 on Tuesday afternoon. It is unknown how long the trio was inside the truck, but authorities announced that despite the sweltering summer heat, there were no traces of water or a functioning air conditioner inside.
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