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Immigrants risking their lives: More human cargo

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Border Patrol officers escort a group of immigrants to a van in Edinburg, Texas. Police in Texas acting on a tip found the immigrants locked inside the tractor-trailer parked at a gas station about 20 miles from the border with Mexico, less than a month after 10 people died in the back of a hot truck with little ventilation in San Antonio. (Delcia Lopez/The Monitor via AP)

Another tractor-trailer baked in the Texas summer heat. And another human cargo of immigrants, risking their lives to reach America — except this time, fortunately, all were found alive.

A month ago authorities found 10 dead immigrants among more than 90 packed into a sweltering tractor-trailer, which had stopped at a Wal-Mart in San Antonio, Texas.

Despite a 40-percent increase in arrests of illegal aliens in the first six months of this year compared to last year and an overall decline in illegal immigration, according to the Trump administration, the lure of living in America illegally is still greater in the minds of too many aliens than the deadly risks they’ll face to get here.

An anonymous tip that a relative was trapped aboard a tractor-trailer led police to the latest incident, this time in Edinburg, Texas, about 20 miles from the Mexican border. Police found 17 immigrants, who had been locked inside the trailer for at least eight hours. Border Patrol agents on Aug. 19 found 60 people hiding in a refrigerated trailer at the Falfurrias (Texas) Border Patrol checkpoint.

Years of illegal immigration have given rise to nefarious smugglers. Contributing to this heinous, inhuman trafficking is the draw of lax U.S. immigration enforcement and the attraction of sanctuary cities that condone it.

This dysfunction must be addressed in a comprehensive U.S. immigration policy — one that eliminates the incentive to traffic in human beings.

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