15 migrants found in sweltering tractor-trailer

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Associated Press

Posted on July 3, 2014 at 1:02 PM

FALFURRIAS, Texas (AP) — Federal officials say 15 migrants attempting to enter the country illegally have been found in a sweltering tractor-trailer at a South Texas border checkpoint.

The U.S. Border Patrol says the group was discovered during an inspection early Thursday in Falfurrias (fal-FYOO'-ree-uhs). Eleven people were found hiding in the trailer between pallets of carrots while the other four were in the cab, with two of them crammed into a small closet.

Many in the group were overwhelmed by the heat and received medical assistance.

The Border Patrol says the majority of the migrants were from Mexico but some came from El Salvador, Honduras and the Dominican Republic. Officials say they will be returned to their countries.

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