San Antonio Truck Tragedy the Inevitable Result of Policies Focused on Deterring Migration 

June 28, 2022
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After at least 46 migrants were found dead in a tractor-trailer outside of San Antonio, Texas, Alianza Americas, a coalition of 58 migrant-led organizations in 18 states, released the following reaction:


“By continuing to insist on a migration deterrence strategy, including shutting down the possibility of seeking humanitarian protection in the U.S. through policies like Title 42, governments have become accomplices of tragedies like this one,” said Oscar Chacón, director of Alianza Americas. “The focus on deterrence, including the practice of detaining and deporting people, does nothing to address the multiple factors that trigger migration, nor does it recognize the vastly positive impact of migrants in destination and origin nations. The main impact of deterrence policies is driving people into the arms of human smugglers, so that they end up taking increasingly dangerous routes through the desert.” 


“This tragedy is the inevitable result of migration policies on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border that focus on deterrence rather than managing migration from a common-sense, humanitarian perspective. More death and despair will follow if we continue down this route,” added Chacón. 




Alianza Americas is the premier transnational advocacy network of Latin American migrant-led organizations working in the United States, across the Americas, and globally to create an inclusive, equitable and sustainable way of life for communities across North, Central and South America. Alianza’s digital organizing powerhouse is

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