Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday sent a letter to President Joe Biden demanding answers to the humanitarian crisis at the southern border.
Since January, more than 11,000 unaccompanied illegal immigrant minors have been apprehended crossing the U.S.-Mexican border into Texas, the governor reports.
From January to February, the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the border illegally increased by 60 percent.
In February alone, more than 9,400 children were apprehended crossing the border into Texas.
“Those numbers continue to increase in March, with no end in sight,” Abbott says.
“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,” Abbott wrote to Biden. “We must send a clear message to these criminals that human trafficking will not be tolerated in America, and that we will use every available resource to stop this abuse of basic human rights.”
In his letter, Abbott urged the president and his administration to interview every unaccompanied minor coming across the border to determine if any of them have been harmed, groomed or victimized by human traffickers in any way. He also demanded that the Biden administration make clear what it is doing to prosecute human traffickers.
“Recent decisions by your administration are emboldening dangerous cartels, smugglers, and human traffickers to ramp up their criminal operations,” Abbott wrote. “In many cases, these criminals entice unaccompanied minors into inhumane conditions and expose them to abuse and terror. 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.”
Abbott asked Biden and his administration to answer a number of questions, including:
The Biden administration maintains there is no humanitarian crisis at the border and that their approach is more humane than previous administration policies.
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