Homeland Security chief Alejandro Mayorkas on Sunday appeared to blame victims of last week’s migrant truck horror that killed 53 people — and said the Biden administration has repeated those who tried to cross the border warned how dangerous it is.
Mayorkas tried to fend off critics who blamed the government’s allegedly lax border policies for the tragedy.
“We have repeatedly said and continue to warn people not to make the perilous journey,” Mayorkas said on CBS News’ Face the Nation.
“We so tragically saw one of the possible tragic outcomes of this perilous journey in San Antonio, Texas, and so many people don’t even make it that far into the hands of exploitative smugglers.”
He said migrants traveling from Central and South America to the US-Mexico border receive false information from human trafficking cartels before making the journey.
“They are putting their lives, their life savings, in the hands of these exploitative organizations, these criminal organizations that don’t care about their lives and are just trying to make a profit,” Mayorkas said
On Monday, a red-hot 18-wheeler was found abandoned at the side of a remote San Antonio road — and the bodies of dozens of dead migrants were found piled inside, with several bodies also discovered on the ground nearby.
The truck did not have a working air conditioning system, despite temperatures of up to 103 degrees.
A complaint was filed against the driver and one of his employees.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott was among the first to blame the Biden administration after the tragedy.
“These deaths are on Biden,” Abbott gushed on Twitter late Monday. “They are the result of his deadly open borders policy.
“They show the deadly consequences of his refusal to enforce the law,” the Republican governor added.
Authorities said the truck crossed the border in Laredo, about 150 miles south of where it was found, after it was “cloned” to resemble a legal vehicle owned by a local trucking company.
When asked by CBS’ Margaret Brennan how the truck got to the United States, Mayorkas said smugglers had become more sophisticated in recent decades.
“They have evolved over the past 30 years. … Now they are very sophisticated with technology and they are extraordinarily organized transnational criminal corporations. And we’re a lot more sophisticated when we’re using technology and people 24 hours a day,” he said.
He acknowledged that smugglers can use “sophisticated means” to get a truck across the border, but at the same time the US is stepping up its efforts, using technology and manpower to thwart such efforts
“But I have to say we have banned more drugs at ports of entry than ever before. We rescued more migrants. We see a challenge that is truly regional and hemispherical and we are addressing it accordingly,” Mayorkas said.
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