Mass graves filled with remains of immigrants found in Texas
Mass graves containing the remains of immigrants have been found in South Texas by a group of anthropologists from the University of Indianapolis and Baylor University.
Some of the remains were not wrapped, while others were found in trash bags, shopping bags and body bags, reported the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.
The anthropologists discovered the site while on a project to identify the bodies of undocumented immigrants who have died while trying to cross over from Mexico to Texas.
They were exhuming burial plots in the city of Falfurrias, Texas, when they discovered multiple bodies - and in some cases just skulls - in the plots.
“To me it’s just as shocking as the mass grave that you would picture in your head, and it’s just as disrespectful,” Krista Latham, a forensic anthropologist at the University of Indianapolis, said to the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.
One of the students in the group wrote in a blog entry on the University of Indianapolis website: "Many who have perished are found with only a small water bottle. I can't imagine walking for more than half an hour in this environment with only that much water and without a constant source of shade."
A US politician, Senator Juan Hinojosa, told the Caller-Times he wants an investigation into the matter.
Sources: Corpus Christi Caller-Times, University of Indianapolis