31 March: California/Mexico Border

A human smuggler was charged with organizing a smuggling event in early March 2021 that ultimately ended with 13 people losing their lives. Jose Cruz Noguez was charged “with conspiracy to bring aliens to the United States outside a port of entry causing serious bodily injury/placing a life in jeopardy, and bringing in aliens without presentation for financial gain.” An SUV Cruz, a legal US resident, was driving allegedly carry 25 migrants hit a tractor-trailer near the California/Mexico border. Twelve people died on scene, one person died en route to the hospital and some survivors suffered “serious injuries,” according to prosecutors.