Trump on the border between the US and Mexico highlights the increase in “dangerous” migrants

WESLACO: Donald Trump visited the US-Mexico border on Wednesday to denounce an immigration crisis that he believes has become “more dangerous” than ever, and used an underlying theme from his presidency to criticize his successor, Joe Biden.
Trump is on his first major scouting tour since he left the White House in January as the Biden administration grapples with a surge in immigrants, which Trump is leading to loosen his “tough but fair” policies aimed at deterring newcomers. .
“Now we have an open border, really dangerous, more dangerous than ever in the history of our country, and we better get back quickly,” said the cheeky billionaire after receiving a report from the border marshals of the Department of Public Safety in the small city ​​of Weslaco, Texas.
The former Republican president was joined by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, whom Trump supported for re-election next year and who pledged to complete Trump’s wall along his state’s border, but with private donations in place of federal aid.
Trump was joined by several Republican congressmen, including conservatives Lauren Boebert and Jim Banks, on a mission to “admire” the wall at a border crossing in Pharr, Texas, where an unfinished piece of metal structure looms over a cliff covered in Herb.
The area is located in the Rio Grande Valley, one of the hotspots for illegal migration along the 3,100-kilometer border.
Trump expressed pride in his efforts to build more than 400 miles of border barriers and curb the number of migrants crossing into Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California during his four-year presidency.
“We did a really good job and turned it into real science,” Trump said. “It was at a point where people couldn’t get in unless they did it legally.”
Most of Trump’s new construction involved reinforcing or replacing existing walls or fences, less than 80 miles from what was previously none.
The arrest of migrants at the border reached its highest level in 15 years in March, and critics of Biden accused the president of downplaying the situation.
Republican lawmakers have criticized Biden for reversing some of Trump’s programs, including his “stay in Mexico” policy that forced thousands of Central American asylum seekers to stay south of the US border until their applications were processed. .
Abbott, who sat next to Trump, pointed to Biden’s policies during the briefing.
“Things have changed so fast and so dramatically under the Biden administration, it has been amazing and catastrophic,” the governor said, noting that the number of people arrested crossing the border in May was 800 percent higher than in the same month of the previous year. year.
Critics also warn of increasing drug trafficking to the United States, particularly fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid.
Biden sent Vice President Kamala Harris, whom he appointed to oversee efforts to curb migration, to the border region last week, where she highlighted the government’s commitment to an “orderly and humane” immigration policy.
Harris visited El Paso but received scathing criticism because the border city is hundreds of miles from the epicenter of the wave of immigration.
Trump, who may face reelection in 2024 but has not announced his plans, has repeatedly slapped Biden over the border crisis.
The Democratic Party has backtracked, claiming that Republicans are pushing their “clown show” to the limit to mislead voters.
Trump, who was fired from social media and accused of inciting the sixth mortal
Last week he held his first campaign-style rally in Ohio since he left the White House, reiterating the falsehood that he won the November election, but Biden had prevailed through fraud.
He returned to the subject in Texas.
“We have a sick country in many ways, it is sick in the elections and it is sick at the border,” he said.
“If you don’t have good options and a strong border, you don’t have land.”

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