McALLEN, Texas — Former President Donald Trump returned to the US-Mexico border Wednesday for the primary time since he left workplace and accused President Biden of inciting this year’s historic surge of unlawful immigration, saying the disaster might need been averted if Biden had simply accomplished nothing to overturn Trump’s hardline insurance policies.
“We had it down to a point that we’d never seen anything like it … We had it down to really a science. It was down to a point where people just weren’t getting in unless they came in legally,” Trump stated at a press briefing with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a fellow Republican.
“We built a wall that was not penetrable and we were just about finished. And then we had an election where we did much better than we did the first time. And amazingly, we lost.”
Trump stated that if Biden and his officers “went to the beach and did nothing, they would have been fine.”
Biden campaigned on welcoming Central American asylum seekers and is backing payments to legalize most unlawful immigrants. He additionally canceled construction of Trump’s US-Mexico border wall and ended his “Remain in Mexico” policy, which required Central Americans to stay in Mexico whereas US courts reviewed claims of persecution.
Trump huddled with Abbott and members of the Republican Study Committee, the biggest conservative caucus in Congress, earlier than visiting the border.
Trump slammed the Biden administration for, amongst different issues, failing to color his border wall, which he stated may trigger it to rust.
“They’re supposed to paint the wall and they aren’t even doing that. They got to get a coat of paint on the wall. Believe it or not, it does rust. Maybe that’s what they liked, let it rust,” Trump stated.
Biden has not but visited the border as president.
The variety of US-Mexico border detentions hit a 21-year month-to-month excessive of more than 180,000 in May. Nearly 179,000 people had been detained in April and greater than 173,000 had been intercepted in March.
McAllen is among the hottest unlawful crossing areas — and leaders of the Border Patrol’s labor union slammed Vice President Kamala Harris final week for visiting the comparatively well-secured El Paso space as an alternative of McAllen.
About two dozen Republican lawmakers, led by Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana, toured La Joya, a city on the banks of the Rio Grande, on Tuesday night time forward of Trump’s go to. The Post joined lawmakers who trekked by means of mud to see the partially constructed border wall and discuss with migrants in handcuffs.
Critics accuse Biden of making new “pull” components which might be luring lots of of hundreds of migrants to the nation — a stance notably taken by Guatemala’s president and Mexico’s president. But Democrats emphasize “push” components corresponding to corruption, poverty and gang violence in Latin America.
Harris abruptly visited El Paso on Friday after Trump introduced he could be visiting the border to assault the insurance policies of the Biden-Harris administration. Biden tapped Harris in March to stem the movement of migrants, however her journey this month to Guatemala and Mexico to handle the “root causes” of migration was overshadowed by her struggle to answer questions about why she hadn’t visited the border.
Texas Democrats blasted Abbott for inviting Trump to the border.
Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-Texas), who represents McAllen, stated it was “nothing short of a slap in the face to South Texans.”
Gonzales stated that “wasting taxpayer dollars to promote the construction of a border wall instead of correcting the failed electrical grid is bad leadership that is further putting Texans’ lives at risk.”
Gonzales added, “We must look at the three Central American countries people are coming from and make surgical investments that will provide jobs, security and prosperity to encourage migrants to stay home.”
Another South Texas Democrat, Rep. Filemon Vela, stated, “Governor Abbott is creating a distracting media circus with a failed former president.”
Vela insisted that “the narrative of a violent and insecure border region is blatantly false. The border is not a war zone, and the wall Abbott and Trump are trying to get Texans to pay for is not only a waste of their hard-earned money but also an un-American symbol of hatred that separates and intimidates our communities, harms our wildlife, and encroaches on landowner rights.”