Hundreds of children wait in cages at Border Patrol warehouse in Texas

Fear of separation shadows immigrant families crossing US border

Fear of separation shadows immigrant families crossing US border

According to multiple media reports, Border Patrol agents suspected a trio of vehicles in Carrizo Springs, Texas, were transporting illegal immigrants.

The 2013 Tahoe, driven by 55-year-old Mexican citizen Marcial Gomez Santana, yielded to agents, while the other two vehicles led Border Patrol agents and Dimmit County Sheriff's deputies on a high-speed chase.

"From what we can tell the vehicle ran off the road and caught gravel and then tried to recorrect", Boyd said. A fifth died later at the hospital.

U.S. Border Patrol agents take Central American asylum seekers into custody on June 12, 2018 near McAllen, Texas.

The desperation and suffering of young migrant children separated from their parents at the USA border appear to have been captured in an audio recording.

The voices and faces of the Central American children separated from their parents at the US border with Mexico are now emerging, lending a heart-rending human element to the debate over President Donald Trump's controversial "zero-tolerance policy" towards illegal immigrants.

On Monday, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Public Affairs released one minute and 33 seconds worth of video from inside the facility. Authorities believe the driver and one passenger are USA citizens and the 12 other passengers were undocumented immigrants, Boyd said.

Border Patrol agents taking into custody a father and a son from Honduras near the US-Mexico border on Tuesday near Mission, Texas.

Most of the 14 occupants crammed inside the Chevy Suburban were ejected from the vehicle when the driver lost control during the pursuit.

Boyd said the victims were taken to hospitals. In the recording, which ProPublica says was made last week and provided to civil rights attorney Jennifer Harbury by a whistleblower, wailing children call "Mami" and "Papi" over and over again.

The audio surfaced as politicians and advocates flocked to the U.S. -Mexico border to visit U.S. immigration detention centres and turn up the pressure on the Trump administration.

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

After the photos came to light, including one of a two-year-old crying at the border, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen defended the policy. It is not unusual for authorities in this part of the state to encounter smugglers driving vehicles packed with immigrants, Boyd said.

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