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Wednesday, December 01, 2004

USA: First Trial in Texas Immigrant Deaths Begins

from Reuters:

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Three people on trial over the deadliest U.S. human smuggling disaster, which left 19 dead in a stifling truck trailer, were part of a wide network that abused illegal immigrants, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

The three defendants were part of "a criminal enterprise that treated people worse than cattle on the way to the slaughterhouse," Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Rodriguez said during opening statements in federal court.

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