Kamala Harris was given the nickname the “border czar” soon after taking office and now she is criticizing Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s response to the news that at least 53 migrants had died after being left in an abandoned semi truck in San Antonio, Texas.
“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. “Instead of dealing with the realities of the issue.”
“These deaths are on Biden,” Abbott said in a tweet. “They are a result of his deadly open border policies. They show the deadly consequences of his refusal to enforce the law.”
After some Republicans criticized the administration’s border policies, President Joe Biden retaliated against the governor and accused him of “political grandstanding.”
Republicans say that since the White House removed Trump-era immigration regulations, “open border policies” are to blame for the recent spike in migration at the southern border as well as Monday’s fatal incident.
Harris asserted that the administration is treating the problem of human smuggling, which has grown recently as traffickers try to make money out of one of the most contentious problems in the U.S., “seriously.”
Republicans blame the White House for the country’s immigration problems, while Harris acknowledged the Trump administration was to blame.
“We also need to take seriously the fact that we have a broken immigration system that was decimated by the last administration,” she added. “And we’ve been trying, and we are on the path doing it, to fix that broken system.”