On the same day President Donald Trump visited the U.S. Southern Border, The Washington Times published an opinion piece written by Trump himself blasting the Biden administration’s failure to secure the U.S. Southern Border wall: “All Joe Biden had to do was paint it.”
President Donald J. Trump visited the U.S.-Mexico border on Wednesday as he slammed Joe Biden for enacting “the most radical open borders agenda imaginable” in an opinion piece published by the Washington Times the same morning.
The 45th President traveled with Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott—who has promised to continue building the wall with state funds—to an unfinished section of the border wall near Weslaco at the southern tip of Texas, according to Reuters. He held a security briefing with Gov. Abbott before the tour, speaking about his own administration’s work securing the border (see below).
During the tour, Trump was accompanied by several of his former administration officials who focused on immigration, including senior aide Stephen Miller, former acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf, former acting Customs and Border Protection head Mark Morgan, former acting Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Tom Homan, and former White House physician and current Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-Texas), reports The Hill.
Joe Biden has reversed many of Trump’s border policies since taking office five months ago. And although he has pledged a “more humane system,” Biden’s halting the construction of Trump’s signature border wall, for example, has led to increased arrests at the southwest border to the highest monthly levels in two decades, also according to Reuters.
The Texas Tribune reports there were 180,034 apprehensions in May alone at the U.S.-Mexico border. That’s compared to fewer than 25,000 in late 2020, according to data from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
“When I was president, I delivered on my promise to build a border wall to protect our country. All Joe Biden had to do was paint it,” wrote President Trump in the Washington Times piece. “Instead, Biden has enacted the most radical open borders agenda imaginable. This is perhaps the first time in world history a nation has purposely and systematically dismantled its own defenses to invite millions of foreign migrants to enter its territory and break its laws.”
The piece continues:
No one knows who they are, presenting a dangerous threat to Americans. To say that Biden has provoked a national security disaster does not even begin to do justice to the calamity.
In May, illegal border crossings were nearly 700% higher than when I was president during the same period last year. For each of the last three months, more unaccompanied minors have arrived than in any prior month in recorded history. Seizures of ultra-lethal fentanyl are up 265% from last year — more of the drug has already been intercepted than in the entirety of 2020.
Joe Biden has restored catch-and-release, torn up our hard-earned asylum agreements with Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, and announced that anyone on the planet who lives in a crime-afflicted area now qualifies for asylum in the United States. Meanwhile, ICE is effectively shut down, senior border security officials have been fired, and criminals are being released in record numbers.
To top it all off, the Biden administration has announced a new program whereby the U.S. government will literally pay to fly illegal aliens’ relatives from other countries to join them in the United States.
These policies are utterly depraved — the actions of someone who by all indications wants to completely abolish America’s southern border.
Support for building the U.S.-Mexico border wall is up, according to a May Fox News national poll, now matching the previous 2015 record high. Fifty percent of voters who favored the wall in May matched the record set in 2015, 46% opposed being a new low. This marks a reversal from a December 2019 Fox News poll, when 44% favored the wall and 52% opposed.
After the tour, Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity that he has in fact “made up his mind” about running for president in 2024, during a broadcast from the South Texas airport just a few miles from the U.S.-Mexico border (see below). A Quinnipiac University poll found 75% of Republicans want Trump to play a prominent role within the Republican Party, as new polls show he is widening his base among women and Hispanics, according to recent Pew Research Center data.
Observers say the GOP could gain “tremendous support from independents and even traditional democrats who value the importance of the safety and security of the country,” laying the groundwork for Republican wins in the 2022 midterms. This is because Trump’s constant emphasis on the border crisis “will draw more attention to the disaster that has been unfolding there since Biden dismantled the Trump border security policies.”
Jon Fleetwood is Managing Editor for American Faith.