Former President Trump on Tuesday railed against President Biden for “destroying our country” in creating a crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, blaming his successor for “eroding” his administration progress and immigration policies that caused a massive wave of migrants arriving at the border and is only “going to get much worse.”
“Well, my policies were working better than they’ve ever seen on the southern border. The wall was almost complete, we just had a fixed little sections, but they’ve chosen to stop right in the middle,” Trump said during an exclusive 20-minute telephone interview with Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo Tuesday evening.
“They could have it finished in a month, and it would be just magnificent… but they’re destroying our country, people are coming in by the hundreds of 1000s. Young children are coming in and they leave their homes and they come up because they think it’s going to be so wonderful and frankly, our country can’t handle it,” Trump continued.
“It is a crisis like we’ve rarely had, and certainly we’ve never had on the border, but it’s going to get much worse. I mean, what you’re seeing now is very bad, record numbers but it’s going to get much, much worse. With a little bit of time, you’ll see those numbers, expand at a level like you’ve never seen before,” he added.
Reports over the weekend indicate that more than 4,200 unaccompanied migrant children were being held in the short-term holding facilities, with nearly 3,000 of those children in Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody had been held longer than 72 hours. Last week, more than 3,250 unaccompanied minors were reported being detained at the border, more than tripled the level than it was just two weeks prior.
According to CBP data, it recorded levels that were seen the highest in past 15 years with over 100,000 illegal immigrants crossing the border in just February alone, up 97 percent from February 2020. Nearly 30,000 unaccompanied children were recorded, 26,850 were between the ages of 13 to 17, and 2,942 of them are under the age of 12.
Biden’s decision in unraveling many of Trump-era border policies by ending the construction of southern border wall and immediately suspending the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) — known as the “Remain in Mexico” policy would become a welcoming call for migrants who waited a long time to cross the border and ask for asylum. In his first 55 days in office, Biden has created a man-made disaster in sparking a border crisis that now his administration is not prepared for and can not contain.
While the White House has refused for weeks to publicly label the burgeoning situation at the border a “crisis,” Biden officials behind the scenes are scrambling to deal with the growing migrant crisis. With thousands making the trek daily to cross the U.S, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas disclosed new information earlier, saying that the border “situation” is likely the worst it has been in the last 20 years.
Mayorkas said the Biden administration plans to create a faster-working asylum processing system that “will shorten from years to months the time it takes to adjudicate an asylum claim” while claiming the “majority” of migrants apprehended are being immediately deported under COVID-19 policies. Known as Title 42 U.S.C., they were first implemented by Trump last year, although Biden has kept parts of the order in place, removing provisions to exclude children and teens traveling without their parents from being expelled.
The former president slammed Biden for “eroded” a “good system” based on a deal made with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, saying the joint effort with Mexico implementing soldiers as the border wall was being constructed was a deterrent that prevented illegal migrants from crossing through the border.
“I have great respect for the President of Mexico, he’s a great gentleman. We had a very good relationship. They had 28,000 soldiers on our border while we were building the wall. They had 28,000 Soldiers not allowing people to come into our country, and they were also stopping them at their northern border by Honduras and El Salvador, Guatemala,” Trump said.
“We had it really down to a good system and as the wall was finished,” Trump added. “So we had very few people coming in and we also stopped human trafficking. When I say stopped it, made a tremendous dent like has never been made before, and also drug trafficking. So we did a lot of things, and all of that is now eroded today.”
Mexico’s government is worried that the Biden’s administration asylum policies are stoking the influx of illegal immigration that is now creating a business for organized crime. According to the Mexican intelligence-gathering shown to Reuters, gangs are “incentivize migration” in the business of smuggling, with costs varying based on race and gender. Unaccompanied Central American minor cost about $3,250 to secure passage to the U.S. border. By contrast, for Africans, the rate ranges at $20,000 with Asians paying much more.
“They see him as the migrant president, and so many feel they’re going to reach the United States,” Lopez Obrador said of Biden following the virtual meeting with his U.S. counterpart earlier this month.
During the interview, Trump noted that it’s not only Mexicans and Central Americans crossing the border, but other foreign countries including those from the Middle East, warning about foreign terrorists entering the country by the southern border.
“You take a look, they’re coming in from all foreign countries. I see they coming in from Yemen, they’re coming in from the Middle East, they’re coming in from everywhere. They’re dropping them off and they’re pouring into our country,” Trump said.
“It’s a disgrace, they’re gonna destroy our country if they don’t do something about it.”
Republican House members who visited the border on Monday issued the same warning Trump stated in the Fox interview regarding suspected terrorists on the terror watchlist are now exploiting the border crisis to enter into the U.S.
Democrats quickly slammed the GOP delegation warning, saying House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is “either wrong or lying.” However, CBP confirmed to Congress earlier Tuesday that four people arrested at the southern border since Oct. 1 match names on the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Database. Three of those people arrested were from Yemen and one was from Serbia.