In the statement, Trump touted the policies of his administration and said the southern border is “decimated” under current leadership.
“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,” Trump said. “It’s an unmitigated disaster zone.”
Referring to decisions such as the cancelation of the “remain in Mexico” policy, the former president said “we went from detain-and-remove to catch-and-release.”
Trump said the federal government’s current immigration strategy has turned the U.S. into “one giant sanctuary city.”
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) under Biden has criticized Trump’s zero-tolerance policy. The White House has contended that the prior administration damaged the asylum process and had inhumane practices, such as separating children from their alleged parents.
Vice President Kamala Harris, who is leading the White House’s immigration efforts, has warned individuals in Central America not to attempt to travel to the U.S. border. Harris has also indicated she will visit the border at an unspecified time, and her primary focus is working on the “root causes of migration,” such as corruption and poverty in Central American countries.
Officials including members of Congress and the Texas legislature have visited the southern border during the surge in illegal crossings to consult with border patrol officials and interact with the news media.
In May, there were more than 180,000 enforcement encounters with illegal aliens in the southwestern U.S., according to the most recent operational update by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
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Hayden Sparks is a senior reporter for The Texan and a lifelong resident of the Lone Star State. He has coached competitive speech and debate and has been involved in politics since a young age. One of Hayden's favorite quotes is by Sam Houston: "Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may."