White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre rejected criticism from Republicans that the Biden administration is to blame for the human smuggling attempt that ended in tragedy Monday in Texas, saying that the border is “closed.”
At least 46 people are dead after an 18-wheeler smuggling migrants was found in San Antonio, Texas, on Monday night. It’s one of the deadliest smuggling incidents from the U.S.-Mexico border in recent decades, according to the Associated Press. (RELATED : SMUGGLER’S PARADISE : How American Teenagers are Being Lulled Into Human Trafficking on Social Media )
” The truth is that the border is not open. This is why people try to travel this risky route using smuggling network. In Texas …., 46 people were killed. Their families are still learning they lost loves ones… We’re focused on them, on the facts and on holding the human smugglers who endangered vulnerable individuals for profit accountable,” Jean-Pierre told reporters on Air Force One Tuesday, according to The Dallas Morning News.
Texas Republican Governor. Greg Abbott tweeted Monday that “[t]hese deaths are on Biden,” but Jean-Pierre dismissed blame for the “absolutely horrific and heartbreaking” event.
LISTEN: KJP reacts to the news of nearly 50 dead migrants at the border:
“We’re focused…on the facts, and holding the human strugglers who endangered vulnerable individual profits accountable…the fact of the matter is, the border is closed.” pic.twitter.com/7T3MFwy4vF
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Former U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) acting commissioner Mark Morgan and former Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Tom Homan said President Biden’s border policies are to blame for this situation.
“I know what it is like to stand in the back of a tractor trailer with 19 dead migrants at my feet, including a 5-year-old boy that suffocated to death in 170-degree heat in a steel box in total blackness. That experience changed my life. Homan shared a statement with The Daily Caller News Foundation stating that this tragedy was worse.
I have known for over a year that there was going to be a disaster because of truck smuggling. With open borders and catch-and release, no deportation, most people will end up in the hands criminal cartels in order to fulfill the promises that Mayorkas and Biden made,” Homan said. Morgan claimed that Biden had not closed the border and stated that he did so intentionally. They know the consequences of open-border policies but they continue to pursue them for their political gain and pursuits of their ideologies. It’s disgusting. Morgan asked how many Americans and migrants will die more before we demand that the Biden administration reopen our borders to the cartels. The White House did not respond to TheDCNF’s request for comment. The Daily Caller News Foundation provides Content for any news publication that is eligible and can reach a wide audience. For licensing opportunities of our original content, please contact [email protected].