Iowa ties in the smuggling-related deaths of ten immigrants in Texas

A local organization is looking for answers

MOLINE, Illinois - When Jose Cruz was just six-years-old extreme poverty forced his family to leave Mexico in search of a better life in the united states. 

"Sixteen of us were put in the back of a truck  stacked one on top of each other throughout the back of the bed of the truck," says Jose Cruz.  

Cruz says the journey was not easy, but with the help of a family friend they made it to Moline where his family worked in the fields. 

"She was related to someone that was related to us so I didn't get to experience some of the worse parts of it," says Cruz.  

Unlike Cruz, not all immigrants make it to their final destination.  

"A lot of times the risk you're taking is possibly dying. Death, but I believe people will still do it I mean when you got kids that are hungry," says Cruz.  

Just last week, ten immigrants died in tractor-trailer in San Antonio,Texas. 

Investigators say the truck was registered to an Iowa based company. 

Iowa's LULAC tells us they are seeking answers. 

"I want to know exactly where all these people were going, I don't believe that San Antonio was the final destination," says Maria Bribriesco.  

One concern is whether this case is part of a larger smuggling scheme. 

LULAC activists are also worried about the possibility of undocumented immigrants becoming victims of human trafficking. 

"You're coming over, you don't know who's going to take you, you don't know what's going to happen, where are they going to take you. To an isolated rural where you will perhaps be put to do slave labor." says Bribriesco. 

 


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