Immigrant smugglers in San Antonio are turning more violent

Manuel F. was fast asleep that humid September night after a day of construction work when the crash of glass and the crack of gunfire outside his home awoke him.

Stunned, he crawled with his wife and two sons to the living room to find the curtains on fire.

“La mangera!” they yelled, looking frantically for a hose to quell the flames. Firefighters and police arrived several minutes later.

It was past midnight, and people in two passing vehicles had thrown at least three Molotov cocktails. One crashed into their home, a second hit their van and the third landed in the driveway. The assailants also directed gunfire at the house.

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