Abbott wrote a letter this week to Harris, who was just lately appointed by President Biden to supervise the brand new administration’s dealing with of the current surge in migrants trying to enter the U.S.
“Now that President Biden has named you Border Czar accountable for the administration’s response, I need to specific to you the threats and challenges brought on by this administration’s open border insurance policies,” Abbott wrote within the letter, which carried Tuesday’s date.
“These insurance policies embolden and enrich cartels, smugglers, and human traffickers who proceed to ramp up their felony operations,” Abbott continued.” In lots of instances, these criminals lure unaccompanied minors into inhumane situations and expose them to abuse and terror.”
Later within the letter, Abbott urges Harris to go to the border area herself – one thing she has but to do since turning into vice chairman Jan. 20.
The letter later lists particular areas of concern.
Abbott asks that Harris determine who’s aiding unaccompanied kids as they journey towards the U.S. border, clarify what the U.S. is doing to remove the specter of hurt to migrant kids, and ensure whether or not kids have been pressured to hold contraband gadgets into the U.S.
He additionally asks Harris to offer particulars on medical screening being completed for the youngsters and to clarify whether or not the screening will assist determine victims of assault and abuse. He additionally asks how the U.S. is making certain that any adults who declare the youngsters are reliable people, and the way the U.S. plans to prosecute adults who trigger the youngsters hurt.
“Individuals need to know what the administration is doing to get solutions to those questions and to go after human traffickers,” Abbott writes.
On March 6, Abbott launched Operation Lone Star, to direct legislation enforcement personnel and different sources to the border area in Texas, and expanded this system March 17 to assist fight human trafficking, FOX 14 of El Paso, Texas, reported.
“Given your new function because the administration’s Border Czar, I urge you to go to the border to see the disaster for your self,” Abbott writes, “and I implore the Biden administration to take swift motion to safe the border, crack down on human trafficking, and forestall extra kids from being trafficked and abused.”
Harris has just lately taken criticism for laughing off questions on migrant points and for failing to carry a information briefing in regards to the border disaster regardless of her oversight function.
On Tuesday, Harris spoke with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei, thanking him for securing Guatemala’s border as migrants journey north towards the U.S.