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Human smuggling tragedy a painful reminder that we need immigration reform

Carlos Reyes wipes tears from his face on Wednesday at a memorial marking the site where dozens of people died in a tractor-trailer. Credit: Nick Wagner / San Antonio Report

Unspeakable tragedy came to San Antonio this week with the deaths of over 50 migrants in a semi-trailer truck. This horrific incident shook all of us to our core, especially those of us who work each day to welcome immigrants to our state and support them through their legal processes.

While this news devastated me and my colleagues at American Gateways, it did not surprise us. The illegal movement of people for profit and modern-day slavery is more rampant in our state than you might realize. This is not the first time we have seen people fleeing persecution and seeking a better life killed in such a gut-wrenching manner, and it all comes back to our immigration policies.

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