5 people die in South Texas pursuit crash involving undocumented immigrants

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Five immigrants died and several were wounded in a crash in Texas on Sunday after a high-speed chase by US Border Patrol agents, local media reported. According to News 4 in San Antonio, 12 of the people inside the auto were ejected during the crash and four were pronounced dead at the scene.

"I think we need more boots on the ground, we need more patrol", Boyd said. One person died upon arriving at the hospital, reports ABC News. A driver of the third vehicle, the Chevrolet Suburban, failed to stop when approached by a border agent on Highway 190, so a sheriff's deputy took over the chase.

Boyd said there were 14 people in the vehicle that flipped.

Four of those passengers were pronounced dead at the scene and another at the hospital.

Hundreds of children are waiting away from their parents inside a Border Patrol holding facility in South Texas, with groups of 20 or more children to a single cage.

Most of the occupants were believed to be living in the country without legal permission.

Undocumented immigrants comfort each other after being caught by Border Patrol agents near the U.S.-Mexico border in 2016 in Weslaco Texas
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Another passenger, also reported to be a USA citizen, is under arrest in connection with the possible case of human smuggling. Officials said they believe the driver is a USA citizen.

Boy believes the driver was scouting the area to try and pick up immigrants.

Meanwhile, the US Customs and Border Patrol Agency issued a statement expressing "deepest sympathies" to the families of those who died in the crash.

"This, I think, is a ideal example, of why are borders need to be secured", Boyd said.

The Trump administration has said tougher immigration policies are needed to deter immigrants from entering America illegally.

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