Former President Donald Trump declared that the U.S. is being "destroyed" due to President Joe Biden's handling of the growing crisis at the southern border, saying it is a "terrible thing to see."
"When I was President, our Southern border was in great shape -- stronger, safer, and more secure than ever before," Trump said in a short statement released Tuesday. "Our country is being destroyed at the Southern border, a terrible thing to see."
Trump touted his border policies during his presidency that were "stronger, safer and more secure than ever before," and pointed to how the U.S.-Mexico border under his watch was "in great shape."
"When I was President, our Southern border was in great shape — stronger, safer, and more secure than ever before," Trump said. "We ended Catch-and-release, shut down asylum fraud, and crippled the vicious smugglers, drug dealers, and human traffickers."
The former president also argued if Democrats hadn't impeded on his signature border wall project, it "would have easily been finished by now," while proclaiming that it has worked "magnificently."
"The wall, despite horrendous Democrat delays, would have easily been finished by now and is working magnificently," he stated.
Trump's statement comes as his predecessor faces down a massive wave of illegal migrants at the southern border, due to Biden making a priority to unravel many of the former president's immigration policies. President Biden in his first month in office ended the construction of Trump’s signature U.S-Mexico southern border wall and immediately suspended the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) — known as the “Remain in Mexico” policy, leading to the surge of unaccompanied minors arriving at the border in recent weeks. This has Biden officials racing to look for new facilities across the nation to house the unaccompanied children as they scramble to deal with the growing migrant crisis.
The New York Times recently reported that more than 3,250 unaccompanied minors are being detained at the border. In leaked documents dated March 8, the Times stated that more than tripled the level than it was just two weeks ago, and in another document, more than 8,100 unaccompanied migrant children are still being held at border facilities managed by the Department of Health and Human Services. Based on the surge of unaccompanied migrant children detained, shelters are now less than 13 days away from reaching “maximum capacity.”
With thousands now making the trek to cross the U.S., the crisis has gotten so bad that even the DHS Chief Alejandro Mayorkas is reportedly requested employees under his watch via email to volunteer as reinforcement to help Customs and Border Protection “as they face a surge in migration.”