Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Statement by President Biden on the Tragic Loss of Life in San Antonio, Texas


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President Biden made a statement about the tragic migrant deaths in San Antonio, which may be "the deadliest people smuggling tragedy in recent U.S. history."

"The tragic loss of life in San Antonio, Texas that took place yesterday is horrifying and heartbreaking.  Our prayers are with those who lost their lives, their loved ones, as well as those still fighting for their lives. As always, I am grateful for the swift work of all of the Federal, state, and local first responders.

While we are still learning all the facts about what happened and the Department of Homeland Security has the lead for the investigation, initial reports are that this tragedy was caused by smugglers or human traffickers who have no regard for the lives they endanger and exploit to make a profit.

This incident underscores the need to go after the multi-billion dollar criminal smuggling industry preying on migrants and leading to far too many innocent deaths. In Los Angeles two weeks ago, I announced that the United States has launched a first-of-its kind anti-smuggling campaign with our regional partners.  In the first three months, we have made over 2,400 arrests, and that work will only intensify in the months ahead.  

Exploiting vulnerable individuals for profit is shameful, as is political grandstanding around tragedy, and my Administration will continue to do everything possible to stop human smugglers and traffickers from taking advantage of people who are seeking to enter the United States between ports of entry." (bold added).

In condemning "political grandstanding around tragedy," President Biden may be responding to Texas Governor Greg Abbot's statements blaming President Biden for the deaths.



At the ground level, local authorities are struggling to identify the victims.  The task is complicated is that some might have been traveling with fraudulent identifications and documents.



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