Stella Chavez, an immigration and demographics reporter for KERA News, was asked by CNN’s Brian Stelter if the families of the victims care about Biden’s trip on Sunday.
“I think it depends on who you ask,” Chavez said during an appearance on Reliable Sources. “I think, for the most part, the families who were affected want to focus on their loved ones who were killed. And I think having the leader of our country come here and express, you know, his condolences is important to them. But I also know, I’ve heard people say, you know, now is not the time for him to come here.”
Asked why that is, Chavez said, “I think some people are concerned about politicizing this event. And I’ve heard a lot of outrage from people. But I’ve also heard from folks who say, ‘I don’t want to focus on that, on what could have happened, what should’ve happened, I just want to focus on the kids.’ So I would just say it depends on who you ask. But I do think it’s significant that he’s coming here and especially so soon after another similar trip to Buffalo where a horrible mass shooting also happened.”
Nineteen children and two teachers were killed in the school attack on Tuesday. Law enforcement killed the gunman, identified as an 18-year-old who officials say legally purchased two AR-15-style rifles days after his birthday, and now there are mounting questions about what took law enforcement so long to stop the attacker.
Air Force One was landing in San Antonio as the interview with Chavez took place. Biden is expected to attend mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Uvalde, and in the afternoon, he and first lady Jill Biden are scheduled to meet with families of victims and survivors of the Uvalde school shooting. They will also meet with first responders, according to the White House.