Preview: Immigrant ID Investigation

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As the number of migrants crossing into the U.S. continues to grow, so does the number of apprehensions and deaths along the border. News Center 23’s Jose Saenz gives us a sneak peek of what a former union organizer is doing to help identify those migrants who died on their journey to reach the ‘American Dream,’ and how he’s saving lives.

News Center 23 had the opportunity to go visit the founder of the South Texas Human Rights Center in Falfurrias. During our visit, Eddie Canales, showed us the graves where the remains of dozens and possibly hundreds of migrants are buried.

Canales says these people died attempting to go around the Falfurrias Checkpoint to avoid detection. The high temperatures and the very little water they had to drink led to their deaths. He’s now collaborating with the Brooks County Sheriff’s Department to help identify the bodies as soon as possible since more continue to be found everyday.

Eddie Canales, South Texas Human Rights Center Founder said, “Last year there were 48 bodies and remains that were found. This year we’re already looking at 55. So it’s an increase and we still have a month and a half to go.”

Urbino “Benny” Martinez, “Anytime you have 55 bodies as we do this year, that is a crisis. 55 bodies, that’s one and 54 too many.”

Tonight at 10, we’ll have a special report with more details about this and we’ll also show you how Eddie Canales is saving lives by installing water stations across Brooks County.

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