Democratic Texas sheriff calls out Biden over ‘perception’ of ‘complete absence’ of federal border enforcement

President Joe Biden’s decidedly lax enforcement of border and immigration laws has encouraged more illegal immigration and human smuggling across the southern border and recently resulted in the discovery of an abandoned truck trailer packed full of dozens of dead and dying migrants near San Antonio, Texas.

The incident prompted the Democratic sheriff of the county, who otherwise supports the Democratic president, to lambast Biden for the “perception” that there is “a complete absence from Washington, D.C.” on the southern border, Breitbart reported.

Dem sheriff laments “perception” of “complete absence” of Biden admin at border

Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar (D) offered up that critical view of the Biden administration during an interview Friday with MSNBC host Jose Diaz-Balart, during which the sheriff also sharply criticized the border security efforts of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) to compensate for the apparent lack of federal enforcement action on the border, which he likened to little more than a “campaign stunt.”

“Mr. President, we need your help,” Sheriff Salazar said. “With all due respect, the perception here, what I’ve seen in talking to other law enforcement leaders in my precious state of Texas is the perception is that there’s been a complete absence from Washington, DC.

“Now, I know that you’ve got a whole world to protect and serve. However, here down in Texas, we need your help. We need you here to talk to us and see if we can be part of the solution,” he added. “Right now, what we’re doing is we’re allowing the state government to control that narrative, and maybe they’re trying their best. I don’t know. But, at this point, the results that we’re seeing are just not satisfactory.”

A “perceived lack of action” by the federal government

That message was similar to one that he delivered Wednesday during an interview with ABC News, in which he discussed a third letter he had recently sent to President Biden to request additional federal assistance in dealing with the worsening border security and immigration issues.

“I attribute that to what I would call a perceived lack of action on the part of the federal government that’s allowing the state of Texas to do what they’re doing, which is, quite frankly, causing a whole lot of heartache for other agencies, and I don’t see a whole lot of benefit from it,” the sheriff said. “We’re dealing with big rescues of groups of undocumented immigrants every day.”

Salazar also reiterated his critique of Gov. Abbott’s state-level enforcement operation in the absence of federal efforts and said, “We have not experienced any change. In fact, it seems to be picking up steam. To me, it just seems like a big campaign stunt, that billions of billions of dollars are being poured into it. And for what? — We’re sleeping out here in the desert, watching for this enemy invasion that never truly seems to come.”

Sheriff “angry” and “disappointed” by the out-of-control border situation

In the sheriff’s letter written in the aftermath of the discovery of the truck trailer, Salazar wrote, “I’m angry, Mr. President. I’m angry that I could not stop this massive loss of life in my county. I’m angry that, despite my best efforts to appeal to your administration, I have not received a response.”

“I’m disappointed that a perceived lack of action on the part of the US government has allowed the governor of my state to use this issue as one big campaign stunt. I have watched as Governor Greg Abbott has painted this humanitarian crisis as some sort of enemy invasion,” he continued.

Salazar went on in that letter to urge President Biden, or at least one of his top decision-makers, to meet with him and other “Urban County Texas Sheriffs” to discuss the reality of the problems and potential solutions.

According to Mediaite, in his interview with MSNBC’s Diaz-Balart, Salazar said, “I mentioned being angry at the president in my letter. I’m angry. I was angry when I wrote it. I’m still angry today. Pardon me if talking to you I get more angry. It makes me bristle with anger that 50 people died in my community and I couldn’t do anything to stop it. It’s frustrating.”

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