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Vice President Kamala Harris on Tuesday chided Texas Republican
Gov. Greg Abbott’s response to the news that at least 53
migrants had died after being left in an abandoned semitruck in
San Antonio, Texas this week.
"How the governor of that 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," Harris said
in an interview with NPR. "Instead of dealing with the realities
of the issue."
Officials are still investigating what appears to be one of the
deadliest human smuggling cases in modern U.S. history.
Republicans were quick to blame the horrific incident on the
Biden administration’s immigration policies.
"These deaths are on Biden," tweeted Abbott Monday night. "They
are a result of his deadly open border policies. They show the
deadly consequences of his refusal to enforce the law."
President Joe Biden shot back at the governor and accused him of
"political grandstanding" after several Republicans slammed the
administration’s border policies.
Republicans blame the surge of migrants at the southern border
this year and Monday’s deadly incident on what they argue are
"open border policies" after the White House reversed Trump-era
Harris argued the administration is taking "seriously" the issue
of human smuggling, which has increased in recent years as
smugglers look to turn a profit on one of the most contested
issues in the U.S.
"There have been over 2,000 arrests just in the last three
months. I think there are at least eight indictments that have
happened," she said. "We need to deal with that, right, in terms
of the consequences of criminal behavior that results in death."
While Republicans blame the White House for the nation’s
immigration woes, Harris said the blame sat on the shoulders of
the Trump administration.
"We also need to take seriously the fact that we have a broken
immigration system that was decimated by the last
administration," she continued. "And we've been trying, and we
are on the path doing it, to fix that broken system."
Harris was deemed the "border czar" by Biden upon entering
However, according to reports earlier this year, the second in
command was frustrated with being handed this title and argued
her assignment related to addressing issues in the Northern
Triangle countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, which
have led to the influx of migrants, and not necessarily U.S.
Harris continues to face steep criticism from Republicans over
her role as border czar.
The victims in Monday’s tragic events included at least 22
migrants from Mexico, seven from Guatemala and two from Honduras.