Ten illegal aliens died horrible deaths last weekend while attempting to sneak into the country inside a semi trailer.
They were part of a group of people who found themselves trapped inside the trailer and cooking to death in a Texas parking lot. Twenty others, including several juveniles, were reported in serious condition.
Now, Breitbart reports that an illegal immigrant advocacy group is attacking the San Antonio Police Department for calling Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after they discovered the trailer.
The pro-amnesty group, RAICES (which means “to put down roots” or “take hold”), says the smuggling victims were needlessly traumatized by the presence of ICE.
According to The Rivard Report, the group’s spokesperson, Barbie Hurtado, said the police should have involved local non-profits to help care for the aliens.
“Their decision to involve ICE made them complicit in a larger systemic injustice.”
Hurtado also blamed the deaths on the Trump Administration’s immigration policies, telling supporters that the immigrants died because of “corrupt governments” and “invisible borders.”
The group held a vigil for the victims in downtown San Antonio, and, never letting a good tragedy go unexploited, quickly turned the memorial service into a political rally against new Texas anti-sanctuary jurisdiction ban.
A spokesperson for the San Antonio PD responded that notifying ICE officials is standard protocol, adding, “the care and welfare of the victims was our top priority.”
In May, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed Texas Senate Bill 4, the nation’s toughest anti-sanctuary city law. Governor Abbott set passing the legislation as one of the year’s legislative session priorities
According to their website, RAICES “promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees in Central and South Texas.” It also encourages people to adopt an illegal immigrant family to “Stop the Raids!” The group says it is trying to find lawyers for about 2,300 families.
The list of organizations that sponsor RAICES includes the State Bar of Texas, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, VERA Institute of Justice, and the Texas Access to Justice Foundation.