Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) fired back on Wednesday after Vice President Kamala Harris after she announced that she’s finally visiting the U.S. border with Mexico on Friday.
“Vice President Harris is ignoring the real problem areas along our southern border that are not protected by the border wall and are being overrun by the federal government’s ill-thought-out open border policies. She will fail in her mission if she refuses to speak to residents of the Del Rio sector whose homes and ranches are being overrun by gangs and smugglers,” Abbott said in his statement.
“The Vice President was named Border Czar over 90 days ago, and in that time Texans have had their homes broken into, property damaged, and guns pointed at their heads as cartels, smugglers, and human traffickers profit off the Biden Administration’s reckless open-border policies,” he continued.
MORE NEWS: Pete Buttigieg And The Peter Principle
“I launched Operation Lone Star in March to combat this record-high influx of people and crime, and since then DPS has arrested over 1,700 criminals, apprehended over 41,000 migrants, and seized enough fentanyl to kill over 21 million people,” Abbott added. “Texas has been and continues to step up to protect Texans and Americans.”
VP Harris is ignoring the problem areas on our southern border that are being overrun by Biden's reckless open border policies.
Since March, @TxDPS has arrested over 1.7k criminals & seized enough fentanyl to kill over 21M people.
TX continues to step up to secure the border. pic.twitter.com/xa3xAzSrMV
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) June 23, 2021
This comes after former President Donald Trump spoke out to take credit for Harris finally visiting the border, saying that she wouldn’t be doing so if he wasn’t going next week.
“After months of ignoring the crisis at the Southern Border, it is great that we got Kamala Harris to finally go and see the tremendous destruction and death that they’ve created – direct result of Biden ending my very tough but fair Border policies,” Trump said on Wednesday. “Harris and Biden were given the strongest Border in American history. And now, it is by far the worst in American history.”
“If Governor Abbott and I weren’t going there next week, she would have never gone!” he added.
Trump responds to Harris announcing border visit
"After months of ignoring the crisis at the Southern Border, it is great that we got Kamala Harris to finally go and see the tremendous destruction and death that they've created" pic.twitter.com/oP68VLRPbx
— Jack Brewster (@jbruce218) June 23, 2021
Harris has not visited the border despite the fact that it has been over ninety days since President Joe Biden put her in charge of the crisis there. She has repeatedly been criticized for not visiting the border sooner in that time.