Cops name Honduras migrant Luiz Mencias-Escobar as driver who caused head-on crash that left innocent Georgia couple dead - as it's revealed he was caught at Eagle Pass in 2019 but let go and involved in ANOTHER failed human smuggling attempt

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The teenage Honduran migrant who caused a head-on collision that killed 7 others earlier this period has been pictured and identified arsenic a rider successful a grounded quality smuggling attempt.

Records bespeak that Luiz Alfredo Mencias-Escobar is from Honduras and crossed into Eagle Pass, Texas, successful April of 2019. He was released pinch a Notice to Appear successful court, wherever a judge ordered his removal from nan country.

In April of this year, nan young man was stopped successful Zavala County, wherever he was nan rider successful a grounded effort to smuggle group crossed nan border.

Sheriff's deputies turned him complete to Border Patrol, and contempt his opinionated removal order, he was handed to Department of Health and Human Services labor and returned to his mother's location successful Houston.

Last week, Mencias-Escobar died successful a head-on collision that killed 7 different group aft he collapsed connected a engaged road arsenic he fled rule enforcement. 

Luiz Alfredo Mencias-Escobar, 17, of Honduras, was identified arsenic nan driver of a conveyance that caused a head-on collision past week that killed 8 group including nan driver

Georgia mates Jose and Isabel Lerma were killed instantly successful nan clang connected November 8

Law enforcement's erstwhile handling of nan now-deceased migrant comports pinch nan Biden administration's 2021 memo that outlines apprehension and removal priorities for officers of nan Department of Homeland Security.

DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas' memo said that undocumented immigrants who are not considered a 'threat' and who illegally entered nan state earlier November 2020 are not prioritized for removal.

The November 8 clang happened on US Highway 57 adjacent Batesville, Texas, astir 50 miles from nan border. Georgia mates Jose and Isabel Lerma were successful nan beforehand spot of an SUV heading to Mexico and struck by nan suspected smuggler's vehicle.

The different group killed were forbidden migrants being smuggled into nan country.  

A GoFundMe launched by nan middle-aged couple's children has truthful acold raised $14,000 for funeral expenses. 

'I cognize 1 time I'll spot her successful eden and it's God's mercy connected my dad,' their boy Jairo Lerma told WXIA. 'They near together.'

The boy besides questioned why constabulary were progressive successful nan high-speed pursuit for nan suspect. 

'Why would you beryllium chasing personification successful that precocious complaint of speed?' he said. 'There's different ways and attack erstwhile it comes to trying to drawback people, we person immoderate overmuch technology, but this could beryllium avoided.'

Mencias-Escobar's car, cops said, had been speeding distant from section officers conscionable earlier nan clang - which happened arsenic its driver attempted to walk an 18-wheeler successful a no-passing zone. Everyone progressive died, cops revealed successful a bid of statements.

The clang comes arsenic nan Biden Administration continues to struggle pinch nan travel of migrants from South and Central America - arsenic 2.47million were stopped astatine nan separator successful fiscal twelvemonth 2023, up from nan erstwhile grounds 2.4million nan twelvemonth before.

Eight group died aft a collision connected a road successful Batesville, Texas, past week

The driver of nan car was evading apprehension astatine nan clip of nan fatal crash 

The clang caused a ample and fiery detonation that burned connected nan engaged road for a while earlier being extinguished 

'The driver successful a Honda rider car from Houston suspected of quality smuggling was evading from Zavala COSO erstwhile nan driver passed an 18-wheeler successful a no-passing zone,' a rule enforcement serviceman said aft nan crash.

'The driver drove head-on pinch a Chevy SUV, causing nan conveyance to burst into flames, sidesplitting nan driver & rider from Georgia. 

'As a result, 5 passengers, including nan suspected smuggler of nan Honda, were killed.

The incident - 1 of respective akin crashes this twelvemonth - further underscores nan historical numbers of group heading northbound successful hunt of a caller life successful nan US, often astatine nan disbursal of American citizens successful places for illustration Texas, arsenic good arsenic sanctuary cities for illustration New York.

It besides highlights nan dangers that travel pinch nan magnitude of travelers traversing not only US borders, but nan boundaries of different countries arsenic good - arsenic astir migrants hail from Venezuela, which is presently successful nan midst of its ain governmental crisis, on pinch an economical 1 arsenic well.

This twelvemonth alone, crossings of nan Darien Gap - a agelong of treacherous jungle that connects Central America to nan South astatine nan separator betwixt Panama and Colombia -  changeable up to an estimated 500,000, up from astir 400,000 nan twelvemonth before.

The incident further underscores nan historical numbers of group heading northbound successful hunt of a caller life successful nan US, often astatine nan disbursal of American citizens successful places for illustration Texas

The situation is besides being felt further northbound successful places for illustration Chicago (pictured), wherever a group of migrants were pictured exiting a autobus adjacent a Greyhound position aft being shuttled from Texas

It besides highlights nan dangers that travel pinch nan magnitude of travelers traversing not only US borders, but nan boundaries of different countries arsenic good - arsenic astir migrants hail from Venezuela Migrants from South America are seen present arriving successful Costa Rica this past month

The US is besides experiencing a large summation successful arriving utilizing a perilous way done Panama’s Darién Gap jungle - a agelong of jungle that connects Central America to nan South Pictured: A migrant carrying a kid arsenic they traverse nan way during their travel to nan US successful July

Prior to that, yearly crossings for that way had been pegged at 200,000 aliases less, sparkling a ray connected nan staggering emergence successful migration which has been felt successful nan States for nan past fewer years.

In August, nan U.S. Border Patrol made 181,509 arrests astatine nan Mexican border, up 37 percent from July but small changed from August 2022 and good beneath nan precocious of much than 220,000 successful December, according to figures released Friday.

It reversed a plunge successful nan numbers aft caller asylum restrictions were introduced successful May. That comes aft years of steadily rising migration levels produced by economical crises and societal turmoil successful galore of nan countries group are fleeing.

Once, conscionable dozens of migrants from Central American countries would walk done Irapuato by train each day, said Marta Ponce, a 73-year-old from who has spent much than a decade providing assistance to those who recreation nan tracks moving done her town.

Now, that number regularly reaches nan thousands.


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