Multiple people died on Sunday in South Texas at the U.S.-Mexico border after a vehicle reportedly ran over more than a dozen people, many of whom were migrants.
Video of the aftermath showed numerous bodies severely disfigured, including victims who had missing limbs, with the road and sidewalk covered in blood.
ABC News reported that the incident happened in Brownsville, Texas, which is right across the border from Matamoros, Mexico, and has resulted in at least seven deaths and at least six more suffering injuries. Mexican media said that the number of people injured was more than 15.
Brownsville Police Department Lt. Martin Sandoval told local media that the male driver was arrested on charges of reckless driving and that he is now being treated in the hospital while under guard by authorities. Officials are conducting drug and alcohol tests on the suspect.
Sandoval said that more charges will be filed and that it is looking like this was an intentional act.
The incident happened at approximately 8:30 a.m. local time at the Ozanam Center, which was originally established to house refugees from South America.
TX: #BREAKING At least 7 migrants are dead and 4-6 are hurt after Brownsville Police say a man driving an suv crashed into the group waiting at the bus stop.
A spokesperson for the police says they are investigating whether or not alcohol played a factor.
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The incident comes as the illegal immigration crisis on the U.S. border — which has exploded under President Joe Biden because of his policies — has worsened in recent weeks because Title 42 is set to end this week.
Despite border communities being flooded with millions of illegals aliens under Biden’s watch, the Biden administration signaled this last week that it is committed to welcoming more migrants from Central America and providing technical support for “sending countries” to beef up their ability to facilitate migration.
The commitment comes after Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, alongside USAID Administrator Samantha Power, met with officials from Spain and Canada to discuss increasing labor-related migration.
“The meeting focused on specific actions each country will take on expanding labor pathways that promote safe, orderly, humane, and regular migration, as well as to create economic and social opportunities and strengthen development options for the people of northern Central America and other countries in the Americas,” USAID spokeswoman Jessica Jennings said.
After the meeting, U.S. officials said they were looking to increase the number of H-2 visas, which allows noncitizens to work in the U.S., by 25% for workers from Central America, meaning an increase in 25,000 workers.
Another U.S. goal is to provide up to $65 million of taxpayer dollars to Central American nations “to operationalize a pilot grant program for agricultural employers to address labor instability and labor shortages.”
Leif Le Mahieu contributed to this report.