There’s been a lot of discussion about the way U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officer treat people in their custody. Some people detained say they’re treated like animals, others have died on their watch and, now, there’s a report of injuries sustained in an accident that went unreported. In fact, an ICE spokeswoman denied the incident until the Texas Observer obtained a police report.
A van that was transporting undocumented mothers enroute to be reunited with their children crashed into a truck in southern Texas.
According to The Texas Observer, on July 18, eight women from Central America were being transported from Austin to the South Texas Detention Complex in Pearsall, which is about a two hour drive. As the van exited a gas station, the driver failed to yield and t-boned an F-250. Some of the women have come forward to discuss the details of the accident.
“The crash was really strong, like maybe we were going to flip,” one of the mothers told The Texas Observer.
Another passenger told The Texas Observer: “We were all trembling with shock from the accident; my whole body hurt.”
A spokesperson for ICE denied the accident on two occasions when asked by reporters.
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“Your sources misinformed you,” Leticia Zamarripa, an ICE spokesperson, told The Texas Observer. “There was no crash.”
However, ICE changed their story when confronted with a police report from the scene of the crash.
CREDIT: Public records
Despite the police report claiming that both vehicles were inoperable, Adelina Pruneda, another ICE spokesperson, claimed the accident was a “fender bender” and that the vehicle was fine. However, the police report obtained by The Texas Observer states that the van had to be towed away from the scene.
“ICE has proven to us over and over we can’t trust them,” Cristina Parker, the communications director for Grassroots Leadership, a Austin nonprofit, told The Texas Observer.
“they’ll lie when there’s a hunger strike, a crash, about anything, at any time,” Parker told The Texas Observer. “This is a vindication of what activists and organizers have been saying for a long time, which is ICE regularly lies to media and public officials.”
You can read more about the women involved in the van crash from The Texas Observer by clicking here.