Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), in a written column, argued that the border and immigration policies of President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have allowed human trafficking.
Because of their decision to end the construction of the border wall and other Trump-era policies, the Tennessee senator wrote that the duo has made it easier for criminals.
“The administration claims they can pin the blame for the border crisis on economic and political conflict abroad, but it is Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’s own policies that have allowed the flood of illegal immigration to reach such disastrous proportions,” she said.
“In fact, the administration’s refusal to secure the border has made traffickers’ jobs easier. These criminals prey on the desperate and vulnerable, and the administration’s decision to suspend President Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ rule, halt border wall construction, and expand the already long list of available taxpayer programs has sent thousands upon thousands of migrants right into their hands.”
According to former acting U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan, when the number of individuals smuggled across the Southern border increases, so does human trafficking.
Based on data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, more than 1.7 million individuals were apprehended by the agency last fiscal year.
Harris, who Biden tapped to control the surge of migrants over the border, has focused her attention on the economic “root” causes of the pattern in Central and Latin America. However, Blackburn argues this approach is ineffective.
“Kamala Harris’s refusal to secure the border is a blatant violation of her oath to “preserve, protect, and defend.” This National Human Trafficking Prevention Month is a prime opportunity for her to step up to make good on her promise – starting with witnessing the crisis firsthand. Until she does, women, children, and families will needlessly suffer at the hands of monsters,” Blackburn added.
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