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This week on 60 Minutes, correspondent Scott Pelley visits the border dividing south Texas from Mexico. He and his producer, Ashley Velie, had heard about smugglers in Texas packing migrants like human cargo into 18-wheelers — including one last summer, in which 10 people died after being smuggled in a Walmart truck — and they wanted to see the situation for themselves.
“We were really trying to get a sense of what the whole migration picture looked like up close and personal,” Velie tells 60 Minutes Overtime in the video above. “We wanted to see if we would come across anything while there, thinking, ‘Well, it’s probably not going to happen. What are the chances?'”
With about half a million immigrants arrested each year for crossing the border illegally, the chances, it turns out, are very good.
The article goes on to state the following:
The 60 Minutes team came across the bodies of two men who died along the side of the road as they tried to make the trek into America. Border Patrol assessed that the men were with a larger group and were walking toward the highway, trying to find a ride. The men likely died from exposure to the elements during a cold snap.
“This is what these folks coming from Central America, coming from Mexico — they know going into this journey that they could easily meet with their death,” Velie says. “The absolute drive, because of either threats of death or whatever they’re facing in their home countries, is enough to get them to this point that they’re willing to take that risk.”
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