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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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A Ted Cruz Piñata Exists And People Want One So Bad

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A Ted Cruz Piñata Exists And People Want One So Bad

Sen. Ted Cruz has reached peak infamy with a piñata in his honor. People have been turned into piñatas over the years for both good and bad reasons. The Cruz piñata serves as a reminder of the senator’s attempt to flee the brutal Texas winter crisis.

A Texas party store is selling piñatas of Sen. Ted Cruz and people are into it.

Piñatas are always the centerpiece of a fun party and they are even more exciting when they are topical. One party shop in Texas is riding on the wave of local and national news criticizing Sen. Cruz to cash in.

Last week Sen. Cruz was caught boarding a United flight to Cancún, Mexico to escape the winter storm devastating Texas. As millions of Texans survived without water and power, the Cruz family booked a Mexican getaway to warmer weather and reliable electricity.

At first, Sen. Cruz tried to blame his daughters for fleeing Texas as his constituents suffered from the weather. He soon changed his story and claimed that he realized he had made a mistake as soon as he sat down on the plane waiting to depart from Houston.

Finally, after days of speculation, someone came forward and leaked text messages from Sen. Cruz’s wife, Heidi. Turns out, according to the texts, that the Cruz family was actively planning a vacation to avoid the snowstorm. According to the texts, the Cruz family was trying to convince neighbors and friends to join them so they can get out of their freezing house. The criticism amplified when it was reported that the Cruz family left the family dog behind as they fled to Mexico.

People are eager to get their hands on a Sen. Cruz piñata.

Families have been in quarantine for almost a year and they are hitting a wall. Now that the weather is starting to warm up, it is no surprise that people would want to have something to do together outdoors. Seems that a lot of people would like a piñata party to celebrate the bad weather slowly moving out.

There are even some people asking for different people made as piñatas.

You never know unless you ask, right? Never hurts to try to make your own request to better your birthday. It seems that the party store is able to make various different piñatas. The party store made a piñata after Sen. Bernie Sanders’ famous mitten moment at President Biden’s inauguration.

READ: Sen. Ted Cruz Makes Quick U-Turn From Mexico After Outrage He Abandoned His Frozen Texas

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A Woman Saves A Dog During The Texas Snow Storm Using Tortillas

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A Woman Saves A Dog During The Texas Snow Storm Using Tortillas

Texas recently dealt with one of the worst winter storms in its history. Millions were left without water and power for days and Sen. Ted Cruz was caught up in a scandal after being caught going on a Mexican vacation. One pup is catching everyone’s attention after being rescued thanks to tortillas.

One lucky dog in San Antonio was saved from the cold by a caring woman with tortillas.

Kristina Salinas-Labrador was out buying tortillas for her family on Thursday when she spotted a dog in the freezing cold in San Antonio, Texas. Instead of driving by, Kristin stopped her car and spent 30 minutes luring the dog to the warmth of her car using tortillas. Kristin told the WOAI reporter that he stopped to save the dog’s life because he was skinny and could likely die from the cold weather that crippled much of Texas.

According to her interview with WOAI, Kristin saved the dog because she felt like helping during the hard times Texans are facing.

“Dogs, they don’t know what’s going on; cats, pets, they don’t know what’s going on,” Kristin told the reporter. “So, we try to help them out – one dog at a time. I’m hoping the next person will stop, too, and help the different strays.”

This isn’t the first time that Kristin or her wife have picked up a stray animal.

Nicole Salinas-Labrador, Kristin’s wife, told NBC News that the dog’s name is now Taco. Nicole admitted that she and her wife often stop for stray dogs and cats when they see them while out and about. Nicole joked that her wife used her “Mexican ways” to get the dog in the car, according to NBC News.

The couple is taking care of Taco until they can find a forever home for the sweet pup.

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“Hello everyone! Thank you for sharing and for your interest! He was scanned for chip and he doesn’t have one. And no one has still claimed him,” Nicole wrote in a comment under the Facebook post. “He is with me and my family for now. He is getting fully vetted today and making sure he is in perfect health. Anyone that is interested in adopting him feel free to PM me. This process will def take some time.. I do extensive background checks to make sure any stray that is in my care goes to the absolute best forever home. Any questions feel free to message me.”

READ: Sen. Ted Cruz Makes Quick U-Turn From Mexico After Outrage He Abandoned His Frozen Texas

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