Former President Trump revealed that he will probably visit the southern border over the next few weeks as the Biden Administration continues to face an alarming migrant surge overcrowding detention facilities with no plans on containing the crisis continue to unravel under the new administration watch.
“And so, not immediately, but I could see a trip at some point in the future here,” Trump aide Jason Miller told The Floridian over the weekend. “But it is something that President Trump is really concerned about.”
When asked to give an estimated time frame for such a visit, Miller said “stay tuned.”
Such a visit from the former president would show a contrast between one who had a strong arm in preventing a crisis from ever dominating his administration and the current administration who is struggling to control the situation they have created since rolling back many of Trump-era immigration policies.
In an interview Saturday night with Fox News Judge Jeanine, Trump confirmed plans that he intends to make a visit down to the southern border soon “over the next couple of weeks.”
“Well, a lot of people want me to. The Border Patrol and all of the people of ICE want me to go. I really feel I sort of owe it to them. They’re great people,” Trump said on “Justice with Judge Jeanine” Saturday evening. “Over the next couple of weeks. I don’t think there’s a rush for me to go.”
“He’s supposed to go and make the decisions,” Trump added, referring to President Biden. “Thousands and thousands of people are coming up right now as we speak. And you’re going to have millions of people pouring into our country. And it’s going to destroy our country.”
Over the past week, Trump has re-emerged and been very outspoken over Biden’s handling of the border crisis, slamming his successor during various TV interviews for ignoring the wave of migrant surge at the border. In a statement from his Office of 45 last week, Trump unleashed on the new president for creating a “national disaster” on the southern border and slammed Biden’s Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas as “pathetic,” and “clueless” who is “incapable of leading DHS.”
“We proudly handed the Biden Administration the most secure border in history,” Trump’s statement reads. “All they had to do was keep this smooth-running system on autopilot. Instead, in the span of a just few weeks, the Biden Administration has turned a national triumph into a national disaster. They are in way over their heads and taking on water fast.”
Biden officials were warned before taking office that making any sudden immigration move during a global pandemic would lead to chaos at the border. Ignoring the warning from the previous administration and some democrat lawmakers who represent border district, Biden just shortly after being sworn-in took quick executive action to undo several Trump-era immigration policies but failed to prepare for the consequences of looser enforcement.
During his first press conference after almost ten weeks into office, Biden said he makes “no apologies” for rescinding many of Trump-era border policies, especially the “Remain in Mexico” program.
“I make no apology for that,” Biden said during last Thursday press conference. “I make no apologies for ending programs that did not exist before Trump became president that has an incredibly negative impact on the law, international law, as well as on human dignity. I make no apologies for that.”
In the same Thursday’s press conference, the president said he would “be flattered” if the massive surge of migrants arriving at the southern border because of his “nice guy” persona, as he continued to place the blame on Trump for the border crisis.
“Well look, I guess I should be flattered people are coming because I’m the nice guy,” Biden said in response to a softball question from PBS News Thursday, “That’s the reason why it’s happening. That I’m a decent man, or however it’s phrased, that’s why they are coming, because they know Biden’s a good guy.”
Trump slammed Biden for remarks saying immigrants are flocking to the southern boundary because he is a “nice guy,” with the former president stated that the implication is clear — the illegal migrants see Biden’s policies as welcoming and the borders are open. The former president also called Biden’s undoing of the Remain in Mexico policy, a “very bad decision.”
“By the time we finished what we were doing at the border, very few people were coming up because they knew they weren’t going to get through. We stopped ‘catch and release’ — which was a disaster,” Trump said Saturday. “The very biggest thing was, we had the ‘Remain In Mexico’ policy, and that means that we wouldn’t allow people to wait in our country until they were totally checked out, which most of them didn’t get checked out, and they would go back to their own country.”
A number of senior Biden administration officials and members of Congress are planning a trip this Wednesday to a refugee resettlement facility along the Southern border in Texas.
Following Trump’s comment, reporters asked Biden on Sunday about his reaction to Trump’s comment to which the president he “don’t care.”
“We are putting in place a plan that I feel very confident about, and I don’t care what the other guy does,” Biden said.