Former President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that he will visit the nation’s southern border with Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott to view the “decimated” area.
“I have accepted the invitation of Texas Governor Greg Abbott to join him on an official visit to our Nation’s decimated Southern Border on Wednesday, June 30, 2021,” Trump said in a statement.
“The Biden Administration inherited from me the strongest, safest, and most secure border in U.S. history and in mere weeks they turned it into the single worst border crisis in U.S. history. It’s an unmitigated disaster zone.
“If this weren’t bad enough, Biden and Harris won’t even tour the scenes of the wreckage they created, or come down and visit with the Border Patrol and ICE heroes risking their lives to defend our Nation at a time when the White House is doing everything it can to make their job totally impossible,” Trump added.
“What Biden and Harris have done, and are continuing to do on our border, is a grave and willful dereliction of duty. My visit will hopefully shine a spotlight on these crimes against our Nation—and show the incredible people of ICE and Border Patrol that they have our unshakeable support,” Trump added.
Neither President Joe Biden nor Vice President Kamala Harris, appointed by the president to lead the immigration response, have visited the border.
More than 180,000 illegal immigrants crossed the nation’s southern border in May, a reportedly 674 percent increase over May 2020, according to Customs and Border Patrol. The staggering numbers have even led to some fellow Democrats to challenge the Biden administration to slow the policies that have led to the immigration crisis.
When Harris visited Guatemala last week, she told potential immigrants, “Do not come.” However, the reality shows that those who do choose to come continue to easily cross the border and enter the nation without being apprehended.
Abbott announced that Texas is fed up with the lack of support from the federal government. The state is now planning to build its own barriers and arrest illegal immigrants that cross them.
Texas is the largest border state and one of four states most impacted by the immigration crisis. Arizona has responded by sending its own National Guard troops to the border. California and New Mexico, both Democrat led states, have yet to provide responses.
Trump’s visit should continue to push the immigration issue to the forefront of the nation’s discussion. Regardless of views on immigration, simply leaving the door open to whoever wants to enter cannot end well for Americans. The nation must secure the border to protect its people, plain and simple.
If Biden won’t it may serve as the issue that keeps him from serving a second term. Trump certainly hopes so. His visit will serve as one of many signals the former president continues to send that he will likely run for the White House again in 2024, offering America another chance to support the Make America Great Again movement.