Abbott urges Biden to 'stop the loss of lives,' says Texas adding truck checkpoints, deploying strike teams,

DPS will create and implement a checkpoint strategy beginning immediately,” Abbott said at a press conference in the border town of Eagle Pass. “They will begin targeting trucks, like the one that was used where these people perished, to make sure that we will have a better capability of perhaps stopping future trucks like that, as well as stopping the smugglers and the cartel members who were trying to profiteer off it.

Abbott directed state law enforcement agencies to step up checkpoints at the border earlier this year, but ended them in April after they snarled commercial traffic.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott said DPS will set up additional truck checkpoints and deploy strike teams to combat illegal immigration.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott said DPS will set up additional truck checkpoints and deploy strike teams to combat illegal immigration. (Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu 机构通过 Getty Images 拍摄)

The governor also stepped up his criticism of President Biden on Wednesday, urging him to make full use of Title 42 and the ‘remain in Mexico’ policies, as well as restart the construction of a border wall.

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Because of the way that the Biden administration is not enforcing the immigration laws, it’s attracting people and enticing people to make this very dangerous trek causing them to lose their lives. I urge the president, stop the loss of lives,” Abbott said Wednesday.

You have the ability to stop people from losing their lives if you make it clear that no one can come across illegally.

In this aerial view, members of law enforcement investigate a tractor trailer on June 27, 2022, in San Antonio, 德州.

In this aerial view, members of law enforcement investigate a tractor trailer on June 27, 2022, in San Antonio, 德州. (Jordan Vonderhaar/Getty Images)

Texas DPS Director Steven McCraw said that in addition to new truck checkpoints, strike forces will also be deployed to human trafficking hot spots.

We’re going to deploy strike teams of DPS special agents to conduct surveillance and look for these cloned vehicles, stolen vehicles that are staged along the highways used to smuggle people… and also identify stash houses, which is very important to disrupting Mexican cartel operations,” McCraw said Wednesday alongside Abbott.

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The tractor trailer that law enforcement found dozens of dead migrants in was a clone of a south Texas-based trucking company, complete with copied registration numbers and the same color.

Body bags lie at the scene where a tractor trailer with multiple dead bodies was discovered, 星期一, 六月 27, 2022, in San Antonio.

Body bags lie at the scene where a tractor trailer with multiple dead bodies was discovered, 星期一, 六月 27, 2022, in San Antonio. (美联社照片/埃里克·盖伊)

Three men have been arrested in connection with the tragedy. Two of them, Juan Francisco D’Luna-Bilbao and Juan Claudio D’Luna-Mendez, are Mexican nationals who allegedly overstayed B-2 visas. They were initially charged through separate criminal complaints as illegal immigrants in possession of firearms.

第三个人, believed to be the driver of the truck, 原为 also arrested and charged with human trafficking.

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