Abbott went ‘straight into politics’ after Texas migrant truck horror

Vice President Kamala Harris hit out at Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Tuesday after the Republican blamed the deaths of 53 migrants in a stuffy tractor-trailer on the Biden administration.

“[These are] people who – it seems from what we know so far – were trying to live a better life,” Harris said in a interview with NRP. “The way the governor of this state responded really highlights part of the problem, because his response when there are 50 dead bodies in his state is to go straight to politics.”

“These deaths are on Biden,” Abbott bubbled up on Twitter Monday night, shortly after the tragedy was discovered. “They are the result of his murderous policies of open borders.”

“They show the deadly consequences of his failure to enforce the law,” the governor added.

Biden hit back in a statement accusing Abbott — though not by name — of “political grandstanding.”

The 53 bodies were found in an abandoned trailer in San Antonio during a suspected smuggling attempt.
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Abbott again blamed President Biden on Wednesday, telling a press conference that the large platform carrying the convicted migrants was not inspected when it passed through a Border Patrol checkpoint in Encinal, in Texas.

Vice President Kamala Harris
Vice President Kamala Harris said the 53 migrants who died in a tractor-trailer were “trying to live a better life”.
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“It was not inspected because Border Patrol does not have the resources to inspect all of the trucks and therefore Border Patrol does not have the ability to save those lives,” Abbott said. “Mr. President, you can solve this problem.

Harris insisted to NPR that the Biden administration had indeed worked to resolve the border crisis.

“Our administration has taken [smuggling] very seriously,” she said.

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott blamed the migrants’ deaths on the Biden administration’s “refusal to enforce the law”.
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“There have been over 2,000 arrests in the last three months alone. I think there are at least eight indictments that have taken place,” she added. “We have to take care of that, don’t we?” In terms of the consequences of criminal behavior leading to death.

Harris has had a difficult relationship with border issues since Biden tapped her in March 2021 to address the “root causes” of migration from Latin America.

Last year, Harris traveled to Guatemala and Mexico, but the June trip was overshadowed by her difficulty answering reporters’ questions about why she hadn’t visited the US-Mexico border. Harris traveled to the border shortly after that trip, but only after former President Donald Trump booked a visit to denounce his successors.

Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) said he backed out of working with Harris on the immigration crisis.
Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) said he backed out of working with Harris on the immigration crisis.

While criticism of Harris from Republicans was relentless, at least one Democratic lawmaker from a border state said in December that he had also given up working with the veep on immigration.

“I say this to him very respectfully: I have moved on,” Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) said. the New York Times. “She’s been tasked with this work, it doesn’t seem like she’s very interested in it, so we’ll move on to other people who are working on this issue.”

In late May, a Post analysis found that Harris had hosted just one public event so far this year focused on migration — a Jan. 27 trip to Honduras to attend the inauguration of the country’s new president. . While there, Harris said his focus on the “root causes” of migration would not solve the U.S.-Mexico border crisis “overnight.”

Meanwhile, Abbott on Wednesday announced the creation of additional checkpoints, task forces and fences, in an effort to prevent illegal border crossings and discourage human trafficking.

An earlier effort by Abbott to complete what he called anemic federal border control, however, did not go as planned. In April, the governor was forced to backtrack on his Department of Public Safety cargo inspections after it slowed cross-border trade and cost the state economy an estimated $100 million a day.

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