Posted: Apr 7, 2013 10:53 PM by Morgan Frances - MFrances@kristv.com
Updated: Apr 8, 2013 10:40 AM
CORPUS CHRISTI - There are often stories on human smuggling attempts that, many times, end in injury or death for the immigrants. It's not often, though, that you hear from the immigrants themselves.
A 47-year-old man from El Salvador was just one of 12 illegal immigrants police captured Saturday night trying to make it in the U.S. In Spanish he told Six News everyone is trying to leave his country.
Saturday night a Nueces County Deputy tried to pull over a four-by-four after he caught it swerving in the road. When the truck stopped, illegal immigrants bailed out and scattered. Police caught two of the immigrants Saturday night but continued their search on Sunday after someone spotted the men in the brush near Cabaniss Field.
With help from Border Patrol, Deputies, Corpus Christi Police Officers and DPS helicopters, they were able to track the remaining illegal immigrants down.
One man said the last time he ate was some time on Friday, two days prior to the meal officers gave him Sunday. Police officers said all of the immigrants were scared, hungry and reluctant to go into police custody where officers handed them tacos and water. While every man had a different goal once they crossed the U.S., Mexico border.
The immigrant from El Salvador said he wanted to go to California to get a job as a field worker. It's a dangerous trek many illegal immigrants decide to make whether they're from Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras or another country.
The man said each person involved in the bailout payed $7,000 in their money for this trip in hopes of a better life. Now, however, they'll have to go back. As for what's next, one illegal immigrant said, "only God knows." Border Patrol will likely take the immigrants and process them before deportation.
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