A congressman from Texas whose district covers much of the state’s border with Mexico said Thursday that county officials are calling for more body bags to deal with the growing death toll among illegal immigrants trying to ‘reach the United States.
“My [county] the judges are asking for one thing in particular, ”Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-Texas) told Newsmax. “I sit in front of them and I’m like, ‘If I can do one thing for you, what would it be? And that’s the request I get. They say, ‘Tony, we need more body bags.’ And I’m like, “Body bags? Why do you need body bags? ‘ They say, “Migrants are dying in record numbers, and we don’t have body bags to handle the situation.
“This is what is happening on the pitch,” added Gonzales.
The migration crisis along the southwest border shows little sign of abating. On Wednesday, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that they had arrested more than 180,000 illegal immigrants attempting to cross the border last month, the most in a single month since April 2000. May also marked the third month. consecutive more than 170,000 apprehensions by the CBP, the first time since January-April 2000.
Although historical trends indicate that the number of illegal immigrants attempting to cross the border will slowly decline over the summer months, authorities warn that more people attempting to cross the border will not do so.
Webb County, Texas, medical examiner Dr. Corinne Stern, who tracks illegal immigrant deaths in 12 counties in South Texas, told CNN on Wednesday that 128 migrants had died so far in those counties this year, more than triple the number of people who died at the same time last year (45).
“Usually our busiest months are July and August,” Stern said. “We’re not even there yet.”
All or part of six of the counties under Stern’s jurisdiction are in the Gonzales District, which spans 29 counties from west San Antonio to the outskirts of El Paso and spans over 800 miles from the border .
Gonzales is a frequent critic of the Biden administration’s handling of the border crisis and called Vice President Kamala Harris’s refusal to visit the border region on Thursday “disrespectful.”
“It’s disrespectful to neighborhoods like mine, it’s disrespectful to the people who live and work along the border who have to deal with this crisis every day …” he said. “No member of Congress has been to the border more than me. I have hosted 25 members, and I have never heard from the vice president, or anyone in the administration, who wants to take an interest. to what’s going on.
Harris ‘two-day visit to Guatemala and Mexico to discuss diplomatic issues related to the migration crisis was overshadowed by a defensive interview she gave to NBC News’ Lester Holt, in which she responded to criticism that she had never been to the border saying, “And I didn’t go to Europe. And I mean, I don’t understand the point you’re making. I do not underestimate the importance of the border.
On Thursday, Gonzales said the administration “has no interest in resolving this border crisis.”
“Congress must lead again,” he said. “Congress needs to come together and find a way to solve this problem, because people are fed up with it. It is unfair to everyone. It’s unfair for the police… it’s unfair for the citizens who see this record number of migrants, and it’s unfair for the migrants. You know, these migrants go on very dangerous hikes, and here’s the problem: The temperature is getting hotter, so it will only be more dangerous. “