More On: Texas migrant tragedy
Greg Abbott, the governor of Texas, said that President Joe Biden's 'deadly open border policies' are to blame for the deaths of 50 migrants who were found in 103-degree heat inside an abandoned tractor-trailer.
The Republican leader of the state says that one of the most deadly cases of people sneaking across the border between the U.S. and Mexico happened because the president "refused to enforce the law."
Greg Abbott, the governor of Texas, has once again spoken out against President Biden's border policies and blamed them for the tragedy on Monday.
Several other GOP members took to social media blaming Biden's immigration policies for the tragedy.
'Horrific. This..is..WRONG' Sen. Ted Cruz tweeted. 'How many more people have to die before Dems give a damn?'
Secretary Mayorkas responded to the incident, alleging he was 'heartbroken' and issued his prayers for the injured.
'I am heartbroken by the tragic loss of life today and am praying for those still fighting for their lives,' he said. 'Far too many lives have been lost as individuals – including families, women, and children – take this dangerous journey.'
The DHS secretary said that the people who smuggle people are "callous people who don't care about the vulnerable people they use and put in danger to make money" and said that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was looking into the case.
In response, the Democrats said that the GOP was to blame for the terrible deaths.
Congressman Joaquin Castro said: 'We must end Title 42 which has put desperate, oppressed people in grave danger of death. Title 42 has created more business, repeat business, for human smugglers.'
Texas gubernatorial candidate for former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke said: 'We need urgent action — dismantle human smuggling rings and replace them with expanded avenues for legal migration that reflect our values and meet our country’s needs.'