Wooed by a Democrat’s promise of ‘sanctuary’
Authorities have said the death toll climbed to 10 victims who died in the sweltering heat of a tractor trailer parked at a Walmart in San Antonio.
All totaled, authorities discovered 39 Mexican and Guatemalan nationals July 23 who were smuggled into the United States destined for Houston.
Help for the trapped illegal aliens came only after a Walmart employee encountered one of them who escaped asking for water.
One reason those illegals risked their lives is the sanctuary cities that “entice” them with a promise to protect them from deportation, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick stated in a Facebook post.
“Sanctuary cities also enable human smugglers and cartels,” the lieutenant governor also wrote.
One of those cites in Texas is Houston, where city leaders were outraged in May when Texas Gov. Greg Abbot signed a law that bans sanctuary cities. It also allows law enforcement to inquire about the legal status of anyone they detain and requires local authorities to cooperate with federal ICE agents.
Houston vowed to sue in court to overturn the law.
“This is our home, and as long as I am the mayor of the city, this is our home and you’re welcome in this home,” Houston’s mayor, Sylvester Turner, told a newspaper in February referring to illegal aliens.
The worst perpetrator of all is the smugglers who don’t care about the lives of these illegals, says Ira Mehlman of Federation for American Immigration Reform, FAIR.
“We have to hold them accountable,” he says.
Yet so-called “sanctuary cities” bear some responsibility, Patrick insists. In the Facebook post, he wrote:
Certainly the sanctuary policies that send a signal to people that if you can get to Houston or you can get to Los Angeles or Chicago or New York, that you are going to be protected, certainly provides inducement for people to put their lives in the hands of these vicious criminals and these are the tragic results.
“We’re gonna stay a sanctuary city,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel vowed in January, shortly after Donald Trump’s swearing-in. “There is no stranger among us.”
“We will not deport law-abiding New Yorkers. We will not tear families apart,” New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio also vowed at the time.
The driver of the tractor-trailer, James Matthew Bradley Jr., has been charged with multiple offenses and could face the death penalty for his actions.