At least seven killed in hit-and-run outside migrant center in Texas

At least seven killed in hit-and-run outside migrant center in Texas

At least seven people have died and six have been injured after a man ran over a group of people at a bus stop this Sunday in Brownsville (Texas), in front of a shelter that serves as a center for immigrants. Most of the victims are men of Venezuelan nationality, the center’s director, Victor Maldonado, has confirmed.

As reported by the Brownsville police (border city with the United States) to ABC News, a man has been arrested for the incident. The motives for the hit-and-run have not yet been confirmed, but as explained by Lt. Martin Sandoval to local press, it is believed that may have been intentional.

The events occurred at around 8.30 local time (15.30 Spanish peninsular time), when the police received a tip-off that a Land Rover had run over a number of people waiting at a bus stop.

Upon arrival, they found that there was seven people dead at the site and six more were taken to hospital with minor or serious injuries.

The driver has been stopped by several witnesses and detained until the police arrived. He has also received medical attention and is being tested for drug and alcohol use.

The lieutenant explained that the center is a shelter for homeless people, but that at this moment, due to the migratory crisis that the border is experiencing, it is full of immigrants. It is also the only overnight shelter in the border city of Brownsville and is responsible for managing the release of thousands of migrants from federal custody.

A group of people try to cross the El Chaparral border crossing in the city of Tijuana, in the state of Baja California, Mexico.

The migrant center in front of which the deadly hit-and-run has occurred is the

The event comes just a few days before the end, next May 11, of the Title 42 immigration regulationsa measure adopted by former Republican President Donald Trump (2017-2021) and later continued by Democratic President Joe Biden to expel migrants on the grounds of the covid-19 pandemic.

In order to prepare for the possible problems generated by the end of this regulation, due to the possible increase in the migratory flow, the following will be deployed at the border 1,500 U.S. military personnel to support Border Patrol agents.

Kayleigh Williams