Kat Cammack tears into Joe Biden over border crisis, calls him 'trafficker-in-chief'

The Florida GOP representative recently visited the border to witness the ground reality


                            Kat Cammack tears into Joe Biden over border crisis, calls him 'trafficker-in-chief'
Kat Kammack is the latest Republican lawmaker to slam President Joe Biden over his border policy (Wikimedia Commons, Getty Images)

President Joe Biden’s border policies have come under fire once again and this time, Florida GOP Representative Kat Cammack has even gone to the extent of accusing the former as a “trafficker-in-chief”. Kammack’s allegation came at a time when the number of unaccompanied migrant children crossing into the US from Mexico reached a record level. 

The Republicans have maintained a close surveillance on the border situation and Cammack featured among those Congress members from the GOP who visited the border earlier this week. On Thursday, April 8, Cammack spoke about what she saw in an interview with ‘The Story’ on Fox News and accused Biden as a trafficker-in-chief because the kids at the border “are being trafficked”. Speaking with host Martha MacCullum, Kammack said: “Just 24 hours ago I was there in Mission, Texas. I saw firsthand young girls under the age of 10 that had been gang-raped. They had been screaming so loud that their vocal cords had given out. This is a humanitarian crisis. I can't even in good conscience call President Biden president, I have to call him "trafficker-in-chief" because these kids are being trafficked.”

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The 33-year-old lawmaker, who took oath for the first time in January, defended the border policy of the previous Donald Trump administration, saying: “There's a better way to do this. It's what the Trump Administration was doing. It was the most humane, compassionate and normal way for putting Americans first, our national security first.” She also challenged Texas Democratic Representative Veronica Escobar who recently backed the Biden administration over the border situation and put the blame on his GOP predecessor.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) speaks during a news conference with House Republicans about U.S.-Mexico border policy outside the U.S. Capitol on March 11, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)

Biden has come under heavy criticism over his immigration policy as his seemingly lenient posturing saw waves of migrants reaching the southern border from countries in Central America via Mexico, even putting the neighboring country under challenge. The administration has struggled to accommodate the growing number of unattended kids many of whom have fallen victim to smugglers. The administration has also been accused of allowing people diagnosed with Covid-19 and those with suspicious records to enter the US territory and putting national security in turmoil. Biden started reversing many of Trump’s border policies right after taking over and with time, his moves have faced a heavy backlash, so much so that a top official of his administration has hinted at resuming construction of the border wall that started in Trump’s times. 

In March, 170,200 migrants were apprehended while crossing the southern border illegally while the month also saw a record number of migrant kids crossing the border, with nearly 19,000 of them being taken into cramped shelters. The previous highest number was 11,000 registered in May 2019. 

Last month, 170,200 migrants were apprehended crossing the southern border illegally. 

“When you have 20,000 children in custody and the border patrol agents are stretched thin to the max and we're watching cartel members taunt our border patrol agents as they’re sending these children under six years old across the river by themselves, this is a humanitarian crisis of epic proportion,” Cammack said. 

'It is beyond a disaster'

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise also lashed out at Biden over the issue on Thursday while speaking on Fox and Friends. He called it something “beyond a disaster”. 

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (Getty Images)

“I’ve talked to a lot of people that have been on the ground, it is beyond a disaster. What they’ve done not only to these border towns, the mayors, you hear them, Democrat and Republican, expressing outrage over what president Biden created,” he said.



 

Neither Biden nor Vice President Kamala Harris, who the former has put in charge of dealing with the problem last month, has paid a visit to the border so far. Harris recently faced flak over going to a bakery in Chicago and not to the border but White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki defended her saying she has the right to get herself a snack like other Americans.