Skip to comments.Bananas crush floor of rig, killing 6 immigrants in Mexico [Central American illegals]
Posted on 06/05/2007 3:51:52 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch
JUCHITAN, Mexico Tons of bananas collapsed the false floor of a tractor-trailer smuggling migrants in southern Mexico, killing six people hidden inside a secret compartment and wounding a dozen others, officials said Monday.
About 200 Central American immigrants were hidden inside the compartment when it collapsed under the weight of the fruit Sunday in near Juchitan in Oaxaca state after a 10-hour trip that started at the Guatemalan border, Salvadoran Consul Nelson Cuellar said.
The victims included two Salvadorans and one Guatemalan. The rest have yet to be identified. About a dozen others including Salvadorans, two Guatemalans and a Nicaraguan were hospitalized with injuries.
The truck's driver fled the scene, and his assistant, Orlando Diaz, was arrested.
The migrants had paid between $5,000 and $7,000 to be smuggled from Central America, through Mexico and into the United States, Cuellar said.
Those who survived will be deported back to their home countries this week, state prosecutor Evencio Ramirez said.
Central American migrants often risk their lives traveling across Mexico in dangerous conditions on their route to the United States.
Last week, a man jumped to his death from a moving railway car and a boy had his leg cut off by the train's wheels as Mexican agents staged a sweep of undocumented migrants who had hopped the freight train in southern Mexico.
The number of undocumented migrants detained in Mexico rose from 138,061 in 2002 to 240,269 last year. Forty-two percent were Guatemalan, 33 percent Honduran and most of the rest Salvadoran.
Over $1,000,000 load.
Sad, but we know this is ALL preventable.
Death By Bananas Ping!
Death By Bananas Ping!
Effing lie! It’s illegals!
(I am conflicted about feeling sorry for them. Individually, probably good people. En masse, they will destroy this country)
Gee for that much you could get a round trip business class ticket to Europe.
What a mess.
“What’s that? I can’t hear you, I have a banana in my ear.”
If you want on, or off this S. Texas/Mexico ping list, please FReepMail me.
Yet Congress wants a unimpeded freeway from Mexico with Mexican trucks/drivers and uninspected cargo. Hmmmm.
Anyone getting tired of this crap yet? It really helped those people to spend thousands of dollars to get crushed by bananas. Anyone involved in this illegal trade should be shot.
Expressing the sense of Congress that the United States should not engage in the construction of a North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Superhighway System or enter into a North American Union with Mexico and Canada.
Whereas, according to the Department of Commerce, United States trade deficits with Mexico and Canada have significantly widened since the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA);
Whereas the economic and physical security of the United States is impaired by the potential loss of control of its borders attendant to the full operation of NAFTA;
Whereas a NAFTA Superhighway System from the west coast of Mexico through the United States and into Canada has been suggested as part of a North American Union;
Whereas it would be particularly difficult for Americans to collect insurance from Mexican companies which employ Mexican drivers involved in accidents in the United States, which would increase the insurance rates for American drivers;
Whereas future unrestricted foreign trucking into the United States can pose a safety hazard due to inadequate maintenance and inspection, and can act collaterally as a conduit for the entry into the United States of illegal drugs, illegal human smuggling, and terrorist activities; and
Whereas a NAFTA Superhighway System would be funded by foreign consortiums and controlled by foreign management, which threatens the sovereignty of the United States: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That—
(1) the United States should not engage in the construction of a North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Superhighway System ;
(2) the United States should not enter into a North American Union with Mexico and Canada; and
(3) the President should indicate strong opposition to these or any other proposals that threaten the sovereignty of the United States.
Wounded? How does one get “wounded” by bananas? Try “injured”.
Tons of bananas collapsed the false floor of a tractor-trailer smuggling migrants in southern Mexico, killing six people hidden inside a secret compartment and wounding a dozen others,
Hate when that happens............
The crawl ribbon under ABC Good Morning yesterday said that the Senator from Wyoming died after a “bout” with leukemia!!! I have never heard of having a “bout” with a terminal disease...
The current ribbon interrupting NBC station in Reno says a fire is BURING in Coleville. It keeps going by over and over and no one changes it. Drives me nuts.
Sometimes I wonder just why their parents paid for a college.
The INS paperwork is cheaper than what they are paying to be smuggled.
How does a poor Guatemalan get $7000?
They were in a hurry to get their Z Cards!
sweet banana justice, see what happens when you attempt to break the LAW? LOL Really dose that make me a jerk cause i don’t really feel sorry for them.
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