Two migrants who died in the truck tragedy in Texas were “excited” to make the trip to the US.
They wanted to build a better life and their mother a home, their mother Karen Caballero told Noticias Telemundo.
Caballero’s sons were among the 53 migrants killed in the suspected smuggling incident.
Two Honduran migrants who died in the Tragic tractor-trailer smuggling in Texas were so “excited” to make the trip to the United States to build a better life — and build their mother a home — said their devastated mother.
“They were excited to do the trip. Every day they asked me, ‘Mom, when are we going to leave?’ Karen Caballero told Noticias Telemundo about her sons Fernando Redondo Caballero, 18, and Alejandro Miguel Andino Caballero, 23.
“It was like going to a birthday party like when they were little and they would ask me ‘Mom, when’s the birthday party?'” said a tearful Caballero.
Her son, Alejandro, couldn’t wait to go to the US to work and save money so that he and his brother could buy a house for their mother.
“Alejandro was excited to be there already,” Caballero said. “He said he was going to work. I laughed when he told me, ‘Mom, when we get there, we’ll finally build your house.’ And I said to them, ‘I don’t want that house because you’re not there anymore.'”
Caballero’s sons were among 53 migrants who died after apparently being left in a red-hot large drilling rig abandoned and discovered Monday by authorities in a remote area of San Antonio, Texas.
Temperatures soared into the triple digits that day and a fire officer said the survivors are “feeling hot” and “suffering from heat stroke, heat exhaustion.”
Sixteen people found in the back of the tractor-trailer were hospitalized in the aftermath; five of them died later.
The tragedy has been described by authorities as the deadliest human smuggling incident in modern American history.
Before Fernando and Alejandro embarked on the journey north from their hometowns in Honduras, Caballero told her sons, “Make life alone — triumph, focus.”
“And yes, the hugs, the kisses, the affection,” Caballero recalled. “Alejandro is like a loving bear. He is huge, my son is. Huge. He is beautiful – both my sons are.”
caballero told the Associated Press that 24-year-old Margie Tamara Paz Grajeda, who lived with Alejandro, also joined the sons on the trip to the US.
“We planned it all as a family so they could live a different life, so they could achieve goals and dreams,” Caballero said.
The mother explained that she believed that “it would be fine”, but that Alejandro was more careful.
“The one who was a little scared was Alejandro Miguel. He said, ‘Mom, if something happens to us…’ And I said to him: ‘Nothing is going to happen, nothing is going to happen. You are not the first and neither are you the last person to travel to the United States.” †
The head of Mexico’s National Immigration Institute said 27 people from Mexico, 14 from Honduras, seven from Guatemala and two from El Salvador were among the dead, the AP said.
Four men have been charged federally in connection with the incident, including 45-year-old Homero Zamorano Jr., who was charged with one count of alien smuggling that resulted in death.
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