87th LegislatureElections 2022FederalImmigration & BorderTrump Will Tour ‘Decimated’ Southern Border With Gov. Abbott Amid Illegal Immigration Disaster

The former president characterized the southern border as an “unmitigated disaster zone” under the Biden administration.
June 16, 2021
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Former President Donald Trump has announced he will tour the southern border with Gov. Greg Abbott amid an illegal immigration disaster that has overwhelmed border patrol agents and caused concern among elected officials who represent border communities.

The former president, who has endorsed Abbott for reelection, indicated in a statement on Tuesday that he accepted Abbott’s invitation to accompany the governor on the tour on Wednesday, June 30.

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.”

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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

Hayden Sparks is a reporter for The Texan. He has coached high school competitive speech and debate and has also been involved in community theater and politics. A native Texan, Hayden served as a delegate at the Republican Party of Texas Convention in 2016. He is on track to receive a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Liberty University. In his free time, Hayden is known to take walks around the neighborhood while listening to random music on Spotify.