Vice President Kamala Harris took a swipe at Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Tuesday after the Republican blamed the loss of life of 53 migrants in a sweltering tractor-trailer on the Biden administration.
“[These are] individuals who — it appears by what we all know thus far — had been making an attempt to dwell a greater life,” Harris stated in an interview with NPR. “How the governor of that state responded actually highlights a part of the issue as a result of his response when there are 50 lifeless our bodies in his state is to go straight to politics.”
“These deaths are on Biden,” Abbott seethed on Twitter late Monday, shortly after the tragedy was found. “They’re a results of his lethal open border insurance policies.”
“They present the lethal penalties of his refusal to implement the legislation,” the governor added.
Biden shot again in an announcement that accused Abbott — although not by identify — of “political grandstanding.”
The 53 our bodies had been present in an deserted trailer in San Antonio in a suspected smuggling try.Getty Pictures
Abbott once more blamed President Biden on Wednesday, saying at a press convention that the large rig carrying the doomed migrants wasn’t inspected when it handed by way of a Border Patrol checkpoint in Encinal, Texas.
Vice President Kamala Harris stated that the 53 migrants who died in a tractor-trailer had been “making an attempt to dwell a greater life.”Christopher Dilts – Pool by way of CNP
“It wasn’t inspected as a result of the Border Patrol doesn’t have the sources to examine all of the vehicles and in consequence, the Border Patrol didn’t have the aptitude of saving these lives,” Abbott stated. “Mr. President, you may repair that.”
Harris insisted to NPR that the Biden administration has certainly been working to repair the disaster on the border.
“Our administration has been taking [smuggling] fairly critically,” she stated.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott blamed the deaths of the migrants on the Biden Administration’s “refusal to implement the legislation.”Bloomberg by way of Getty Pictures
“There have been over 2,000 arrests simply within the final three months. I feel there are at the least eight indictments which have occurred,” she added. “We have to take care of that, proper? By way of the results of felony habits that ends in loss of life.”
Harris has had a rocky relationship with border points since Biden tapped her in March 2021 to deal with the “root causes” of migration from Latin America.
Harris final yr visited Guatemala and Mexico, however the June journey was overshadowed by her issue answering reporter questions about why she hadn’t visited the US-Mexico border. Harris visited the border shortly after that journey, however solely after former President Donald Trump booked a go to to denounce his successors.
Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) stated he has given up on working with Harris on the immigration disaster. AP
Whereas criticism of Harris from Republicans was relentless, at the least one border-state Democratic lawmaker stated in December he had additionally given up working with the veep on immigration.
“I say this very respectfully to her: I moved on,” Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) instructed the New York Instances. “She was tasked with that job, it doesn’t seem like she’s very on this, so we’re going to transfer on to other people that work on this situation.”
In late Could, a Submit evaluation discovered that Harris had hosted only one public occasion thus far this yr targeted on migration — a Jan. 27 journey to Honduras to attend the inauguration of the nation’s new president. Whereas there, Harris stated her deal with the “root causes” of migration wouldn’t repair the US-Mexico border disaster “in a single day.”
In the meantime, Abbott introduced the creation of further checkpoints, activity forces and fencing Wednesday, in an effort to stave off unlawful border crossings and discourage human smuggling.
A earlier effort by Abbott to complement what he characterised as anemic federal border enforcement didn’t go as deliberate, nonetheless. In April, the governor was pressured to stroll again his Division of Public Security cargo inspections after they slowed cross-border commerce and price the state’s financial system an estimated $100 million a day.