Mayor Ron Nirenberg responds to human trafficking tragedy
SAN ANTONIO (July 23, 2017) —On Sunday, San Antonio first responders were alerted to an 18-wheeler containing victims of a human smuggling tragedy that claimed numerous lives and left others in area hospitals. Mayor Ron Nirenberg’s statement in response is below.
“We are still learning about the tragic events that unfolded on our doorstep overnight, which shines a bright light on the plight of immigrants looking for a better life and victims of human trafficking. As we work to coordinate a humanitarian and legal response to this terrible tragedy, I find comfort in the compassionate response of our first responders, our local medical professionals and the outpouring of support from our community. I want to thank the Wal-Mart employee who provided water and called 911, an act that helped us prevent more deaths.
“We will continue to work closely with local groups and federal agencies to offer support to the survivors and connect them with their families. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who was impacted by this terrible loss of life. Our response should serve as a lesson to the world that San Antonio will not turn its back on any man, woman or child in need.”
Residents held a vigil for the victims at San Antonio's Main Plaza, in front of San Fernando Cathedral. The vigil was organized by RAICES, which provides low-cost legal services to refugees, and by the Interfaith Welcome Coalition, which helps refugees and asylum-seekers,
Read local and national media accounts of the tragedy and scroll down for social media reports.
Local, state and national leaders reacted to the tragedy, starting with San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg: