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An ICE Van Carrying Separated Mothers Crashed In Texas And ICE Tried To Deny The Crash Happened

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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“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.


READ: Transgender Honduran Woman Died In ICE Custody, Weeks After Seeking Asylum

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Five Migrant Girls Were Found Left Alone And Abandoned In The Texas Heat

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Five Migrant Girls Were Found Left Alone And Abandoned In The Texas Heat

This past March, according to El Pais, migrants crossed the Rio Grande at an all-time high not seen in the past 15 years. US government reports underlined that a total of 171,000 people arrived at the southern border of the United States in March. Eleven percent were minors who made the journey by themselves.

Reports say that this vulnerable group will continue to grow in size with recent shifts in the Biden administration child immigration policies. Five migrants girls recently found by the river recently became part of this group.

An onion farmer in Quemado recently reported that he found five migrant girls on his land.

The girls were each under the age of seven, the youngest was too small to even walk. Three of the girls are thought to be from Honduras, the other two are believed to have come from Guatemala.​ Jimmy Hobbs, the farmer who found the girls, said that he called the Border Patrol gave the children aid by giving them water and food and putting them in the shade.

“I don’t think they would have made it if I hadn’t found them,” Hobbs told US Rep. Tony Gonzalez (R-Texas) in a New York Post. “Because it got up to 103 yesterday.”

“My thoughts are that it needs to stop right now. There are going to be thousands. This is just five miles of the Rio Grande,” Hobbs’ wife added in their conversation with Gonzalez. “That’s a huge border. This is happening all up and down it. It can’t go on. It’s gonna be too hot. There’ll be a lot of deaths, a lot of suffering.” 

“It is heartbreaking to find such small children fending for themselves in the middle of nowhere,” Chief Border Patrol Agent Austin Skero II explained of the situation in an interview with ABC 7 Eyewitness News. “Unfortunately this happens far too often now. If not for our community and law enforcement partners, these little girls could have faced the more than 100-degree temperatures with no help.”

According to reports, the Customs and Border Protection stated that the five girls​ ​will be processed and placed in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services.​

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Doctored Image Of Ted Cruz In BDSM Gear Is Going Viral

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Doctored Image Of Ted Cruz In BDSM Gear Is Going Viral

An altered image of Sen. Ted Cruz in full BDSM gear is popping up all over social media right now. The conservative senator has sparked outrage from the nation several times during his career as a politician. Who could forget him taking a vacation to Mexico as Texans died from power outages connected to extreme winter weather?

This image of Sen. Ted Cruz first showed up in San Antonio.

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The photo has gone viral on social media after being photographed in San Antonio. The doctored image put Sen. Cruz’s face on the half-naked body of a man wearing a leather chest harness, leather boots, small underwear, gloves, and holding a riding crop. The body has “PROUD BOYS” tattooed across the stomach.

Some are offended for the man whose body is used in the image.

The image has sparked a conversation about fat, slut, and queer-shaming. It is never okay to shame people for their bodies, their sexual orientation, or their sexuality. The acting of shaming these things creates humiliation and dangerous prejudices against people.

But, the use of this imagery has a very specific and pointed message.

Sen. Cruz has a long history of opposing Pride parades, marriage equality, and the inclusion of LGBTQ+ people in nondiscrimination orders. The senator also made headlines during his campaign for president for hiring an adult entertainer in an attack ad against Marco Rubio.

One of Sen. Cruz’s ads featured Amy Lindsay, who had a history of appearing in softcore pornographic films. The Cruz campaign tapped her to act in the ad and pulled it just as quickly when Lindsay’s acting history came to light.

Sen. Cruz is up for reelection in 2024.

Seems safe to say that some Texans are already trying to launch their own campaigns to defeat Sen. Cruz. The 2018 race for his seat against Beto O’Rourke showed the potential for unseating the incumbent as the demographics continue to shift in the Lone Star State. The 2020 election also showed that Texas could turn blue sooner than most ever expected.

READ: AOC Gets Under Ted Cruz’s Skin With Crack About His Mexican Getaway After He Accuses Her Of Pushing For ‘open borders’

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