This article was first published at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, April 1, 2021:
It’s been two days since Texas Governor Greg Abbott fired off a letter to Vice President Kamala Harris, President Biden’s “Border Czar,” demanding she do something about the flood of illegals pouring into his state, and he has heard nothing back but crickets.
He called the flood a “surge”:
I write to you about the surge in illegal crossings at the U.S.-Mexico border, which continues to fuel a humanitarian crisis, particularly for unaccompanied minors.
Now that President Biden has named you Border Czar in charge of the administration’s response, I want to express to you the threats and challenges caused by this administration’s open border policies.
These policies embolden and enrich cartels, smugglers, and human traffickers who continue to ramp up their criminal operations.
In many cases, these criminals lure unaccompanied minors into inhumane conditions and expose them to abuse and terror.
Abbott uses the “editorial ‘we’” in his demand:
We have a duty to investigate these border crossings so we can protect the victims of human trafficking that have already crossed our borders, crack down on the perpetrators of this heinous crime, and ensure federal policies do not allow — or even incentivize — such behavior.
We must use every available resource to stop this abuse of basic human rights.
Abbott too kindly expresses his disgust at the lack of attention to the crisis by Harris, or anyone else in the Biden administration for that matter:
It remains unclear the extent to which the administration is investigating how these children arrived here, what conditions they faced on their dangerous journeys across the border, of what assurance exists that they are not being smuggled or trafficked into a tragic situation in this country.
He demanded answers:
- Who is assisting these children?
- What is the administration doing about it?
- Were these children being forced to carry drugs into the U.S.?
- Are they being properly screened for COVID and other diseases?
- How is your administration assuring that these illegal children are not being “released to human traffickers in the United States?”; and
- What is your administration doing to prosecute those who are doing the trafficking?
On his end, Abbott is doing everything he can to handle the inundation:
In the absence of federal action the State of Texas … has deployed 1,000 DPS troopers and agents as well as Texas Rangers, to support [our operation].
The least Harris can do, wrote Abbott, is to visit the border and see for herself what’s unfolding there:
I urge you to see the crisis for yourself … and take swift action to secure the border, crack down on human trafficking, and prevent more children from being trafficked and abused.
So far, Harris’ only response to the border crisis has been to laugh it off, leaving Andrea Widburg of American Thinker to wonder if she isn’t having mental issues of her own.
“Inappropriate laughter” … can be a nervous system disorder called Pseudobulbar (aka emotional incontinence) … [which] typically occurs in people with certain neurological conditions.
In the meantime, Governor Abbott is waiting for a response. So far all he can hear is crickets (perhaps with some distant laughter).