ICE is denying that they crashed a van full of mothers. The van was transporting migrant mothers from Central America after being separated from their children. The alleged crash took place on July 18.
The mothers had been separated from their children as a part of President Trump’s, “zero tolerance policy.” The women were being transported by an ICE contractor when the van collided with a pickup truck. The women were on their way to be reunited with their children when the accident occurred.
Dilcia is a Honduran mother who was onboard the van at the time of the crash and she recalled the accident to the Texas Observer.
“The crash was really strong, like we were going to flip,” the mother said. The women also noted that the crash resulted in them experiencing dizziness, headaches, and nausea. One woman suffered a leg injury.
Another passenger named Roxana added, “We were all trembling with shock from the accident; my whole body hurt.” Neither woman wanted their full names revealed out of fear of retaliation from the U.S. government.
ICE has denied that the crash ever took place. However, there is a police report that says otherwise. The Texas Observer obtained a report that says that the crash took place while the van was leaving a Sunoco gas station near Interstate 35. According to the police the driver failed to stop and ran into a F-250 that was driving into the gas station.
The driver of the van worked for Trailboss Enterprises. The contractor is based in Alaska and is often used by ICE to transport migrants in Central and South Texas.
ICE has faced a ton of backlash since the implementation of President Trump’s zero tolerance policy. Many have called for ICE to be abolished. Covering up incidents like this crash will undoubtedly increase the agency’s growing backlash.
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Travis Earle is a veteran of the United States Navy and a resident of Memphis, Tennessee. He serves as a politics writer for Hill Reporter. Travis@HillReporter.com