Jolt calls for accountability in death of 50 migrants

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Jun

Jolt calls for accountability in death of 50 migrants

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, June 28, 2022

CONTACT: Christine Bolaños, christine@jolttx.org , 512-767-2978

 

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS — Jolt Action joins the community in mourning the death of at least 50 migrants who were found dead in an abandoned big rig in San Antonio on Monday in what is believed to be the deadliest human smuggling case in American history. We are mortified at the treatment of these individuals who are the latest casualty of a broken immigration system and who were stripped of their human dignity and died in triple-digit summer heat. 

At Jolt, we believe that our state’s diversity is our greatest strength. One in every 6 Texans is an immigrant, and we wholeheartedly recognize that immigrants make this country better. They contribute to our culture, our economy, our communities, our legacy and our future. The criminalization and exploitation of undocumented immigrants and those who come to this country seeking a better life must end. 

“If there is one thing that transcends party lines here in Texas, it’s our love of family and our commitment to being good neighbors,” said Christine Bolaños, Communications Director at Jolt Action. “Stripping any human being of their basic rights and dignity is not aligned with the core values of the vast majority of Texans. Jolt Action will not tolerate this treatment of our neighbors across the border who are coming in search of a better life.”

Jolt demands a thorough investigation into this tragedy to hold those responsible accountable and to make a clear statement that Texas can and will do better. We ask that our community of supporters, friends and allies supports San Antonio-based organization Corazon Ministries, as the city prepares for an increase of migrants if Title 42 is lifted in July. Title 42 allowed Border Patrol to kick migrants out of the country as a COVID-19 precaution. 

Corazon Ministries is a migrant shelter that operates in collaboration with the City of San Antonio. The shelter serves the homeless and marginalized community by providing a day center and resource hub, a medical clinic, outreach in harm reductions, housing case management, food, clothing, showers, personal hygiene items and access to recovery groups and spiritual services. 

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