by Sharon Rondeau
(Jun. 15, 2021) — On Tuesday evening 45th President of the United States Donald J. Trump released a statement reporting that he will be visiting the “decimated” U.S.-Mexico border with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on June 30.
“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. It’s an unmitigated disaster zone,” Trump’s second paragraph reads.
Approximately two months after leaving office, Trump suggested he would visit the southern border as illegal-alien entries to the U.S. under the new White House occupant increased to what became a 20-year high in April.
In contrast, Trump said, his border policies were “the envy of the world.” “We went from detain-and-remove to catch-and-release,” he wrote. “We went from having border security that was the envy of the world to a lawless border that is now pitied around the world. Biden and Harris have handed control of our border over to cartels, criminals, and coyotes. Drug dealers, MS-13 gang members, human smugglers, sex traffickers, and the criminal elements of the world now have free reign…” [sic] he further contended.
As he had while in office, Trump lauded U.S. Border Protection and Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents for their work and claimed they are now “illegally stopped from doing their jobs.”
“Our Nation is now one giant sanctuary city where even dangerous criminals are being cut loose and set free inside the U.S interior on a daily basis,” he continued.
In interviews with Fox News, former Border Patrol and DHS officials have sharply criticized Biden’s policies and their results. According to Fox as of May 22, 61,000 illegal aliens had been released into the country since Biden entered the White House, with Trump’s acting DHS secretary, Chad Wolf, describing Biden’s policy changes as “handcuffing” ICE agents.
In the wake of Biden’s abandoning on his first day in office the construction of a border wall, one of Trump’s main platform issues in 2016 partially completed amid much controversy, last week Abbott vowed to have his state resume the project. As for who would pay for it, Abbott said he will utilize online fundraising through a state-sponsored website, The Washington Examiner reported Tuesday.
In addition to his criticism of Biden’s unraveling of his border policies, Trump faulted Biden and his vice president, Kamala Harris, for failing to visit the region to hear and see firsthand from Border Patrol agents the difficulties they face daily, In fact, Trump said, the Biden “White House is doing everything it can to make their job totally impossible.”
“What Biden and Harris have done, and are continuing to do on our border, is a grave and willful dereliction of duty,” Trump declared.
Last week when Harris, during her trip to Guatemala and Mexico, was asked by NBC’s Lester Holt why she had not visited the border to date, she laughed and replied, “At some point…we are going to the border…I haven’t been to Europe, either.”
In concluding his missive, Trump said, “My visit will hopefully shine a spotlight on these crimes against our Nation—and show the incredible people of ICE and Border Patrol that they have our unshakeable support.” He then said that media wishing to cover the event will be able to obtain credentials, the details of which will be announced “at a later date.”
Days before he left office, in a visit to Alamo, TX, Trump addressed the public but also seemingly the incoming regime when he said, “The safety of our nation must come before politics…”
Since the morning of November 4, Trump has expressed unwavering confidence that he, and not Biden, won the 2020 election and that numerous forms of fraud altered the results in at least six “swing” states where he was originally leading Biden on November 3.
Some believe the results of a forensic election audit concluding in Maricopa County, AZ, which was one of those “swing” states, will reveal counting errors or other evidence of malfeasance in the tabulation of the county’s reported 2.1 million votes. According to Trump, state legislators from several of the other swing states wish to replicate the audit.
As of Saturday, delegations from 13 states had visited the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, where the audit has been housed.