A Texas man who tuned into the nightly news caught word about the undocumented immigrants who were discovered in a tractor-trailer Tuesday, and dropped off pizza for the group.
Tow truck driver Armando Colunga, of San Antonio, bought seven pizzas at a nearby Little Caesars for the 54 people who were found in the back of a refrigerated 18-wheeler.
‘Something just told me, you know, I have to do this,’ Colunga said in a statement to KSAT 12.
The truck driver said he decided to send food after he heard the group had only been supplied water.
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Tow truck driver Armando Colunga bought pizza for a group of undocumented immigrants on Tuesday night
Authorities found more than 50 suspected illegal immigrants huddled in the back of an 18-wheeler in San Antonio
The truck driver said he decided to send food after he heard the group was only given water, no food
‘They were happy they were eating something. I figured they hadn’t ate in awhile,’ he added.
Mackey initially thought officials at the scene wouldn’t allow him to give pizza to the immigrants – but was pleasantly surprised by their reaction.
Colunga told the news station that firefighters thanked him for his thoughtful gesture.
He said: ‘It wasn’t for the attention… Like I said, I felt it was something I had to do. They’re all humans.
‘They’re not here to commit crime. They’re here for a better life – to work. They are harder working people than some of our people here that are citizens.’
Authorities from several agencies were called to a North Side neighborhood around 8.30pm on Tuesday and found 54 people, some children, suspected of entering the country illegally.
The male driver of the tractor-trailer, who has not been identified, was arrested at the scene.
At least 54 people were found hiding in the back of a tractor-trailer in San Antonio, Texas on Tuesday
Five of the group were injured trying to flee the truck. They were taken to the hospital for minor injuries
Homeland Security Investigations spokeswoman Nina Pruneda confirmed that the agency is investigating.
San Antonio Fire Department chief Charles Hood said all the people appeared to be in good health.
Hood said: ‘This truck was air-conditioned, thank God. This truck had water. So they were hydrated.’
Hood said five individuals were treated for minor injuries, sustained when they were getting out of the truck. They were transported to a hospital.
The rest of the group were searched and fed before they were taken to a detention center.
Those who were not injured were fed pizza and then taken to a detention center
San Antonio Fire Department chief Charles Hood (pictured) says all the people appeared to be in good health
The children in the group were said to be pre-teens and older.
An representative from the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) went to the scene to give the group legal counsel.
‘We help people seek asylum,’ said Jenny Hixon, RAICES Director of Education and Outreach, according to KENS5.
‘We need to be humanitarian. We need to do something that is consistent with our values. We must show dignity and respect.
‘We don’t know where they are going. There are lots of detention centers around South Texas.’
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