Border Chief Mayorkas: ‘Cartels, Not Biden' to Blame for Migrant Truck Deaths
Mayorkas undermined his claim of cartel responsibility
President Joe Biden’s border chief Alejandro Mayorkas has blamed cartels for the deaths of 50 illegal migrants in a container truck as reported yesterday.
The cartels “cruelty is illustrated very powerfully in the tragedy that was just experienced yesterday in San Antonio where we have now, I think, 50 people are dying in the trailer of a truck that were seeking to enter the United States illegally,” border chief Alejandro Mayorkas said.
The migrants had already passed through the U.S. border, bypassing security which is Mayorkas’ responsibility.
“There’s no question that the smugglers are often the ones most immediately responsible, and they really are the scum of the earth,” responded Mark Krikorian, the director of the Center for Immigration Studies.
"The administration shares the responsibility for these deaths because it is luring illegal migrants to take these kinds of potentially fatal risks," he added.
As Fox News noted:
Mayorkas undermined his claim of cartel responsibility by admitting that the hope of getting through the border is the attraction that pulls migrants on their dangerous journeys.
"You know, people will travel through one country and another and another to reach the United States," he said.
"And there’s a reason for that — we can’t allow that — but there’s a reason for it. And that’s because they understand that this is the greatest country in the world."
“The assumption behind his statement is that people will try to come because of how great we are, which is a refreshing statement from a Democrat,” said Krikorian, adding:
The Biden administration’s current policy is making these kinds of tragedies more likely by increasing the odds that [migrants] will be able to get what they want … Migrants aren’t stupid. People in Honduras, they get phone calls from their relatives who got across [Mayorkas’ border] because they brought a kid with them or were let go, and who now have a [job and an asylum] court date two years from now, and they say like, “Heck, I’m gonna go try.”
Mayorkas declined to mention his role in encouraging migrants to travel north.
San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg, who is a registered Independent, also made a general reference to border policies being to blame.
"We know that there’s been increasing volumes [of migrants] over the last 6 months, 12 months related, you know, to the policies," Nirenberg said.
"But our work, again, is to provide humanitarian assistance."
Nirenberg called Monday night’s discovery "nothing short of a horrific human tragedy."
"The plight of migrants seeking refuge is always a humanitarian crisis but tonight we are dealing with a horrific human tragedy," the mayor added Monday night, speaking near the location where the tractor-trailer was found.
"This is a far different situation than what we’ve seen," he continued.
"Our job is not to ask why, our job is to ask how we can help."