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Thomas Gallatin / July 1, 2021

Trump Berates Biden on the Border

“I built a wall — Biden built a humanitarian catastrophe.”

Former President Donald Trump visited the U.S. southern border with Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Wednesday. It wasn’t just a quick stop in El Paso like that of Kamala Harris last week, but the epicenter along the Rio Grande Valley where most of the record-breaking illegal border crossings are occurring. And Trump was right on message with his signature issue.

Trump was clearly dismayed by the Biden-Harris border crisis, lamenting: “It was over. We stopped a lot of the drugs that were coming in, which is very tough to do.” He called the jump in human and drug trafficking a “disgrace” that his administration had “largely stopped.”

Governor Abbott also blasted the Biden administration’s feckless border enforcement policy:

We in Texas have been left to our own devices to fend for ourselves, just like we’re some outpost somewhere along some territory that the federal government doesn’t care about anymore. It’s not like it was with President Trump. He cared about Texas. He stepped up [for] Texas. He built the wall in Texas.

In an op-ed published in The Washington Times, Trump further addressed the degree of severity of the border crisis:

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.

Trump then laid the blame for the crisis squarely at the feet of President Joe Biden:

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. … These policies are utterly depraved — the actions of someone who by all indications wants to completely abolish America’s southern border.

Trump asserted that he had laid the strong foundations for fully restoring and securing the border and completing the construction of the wall, and all Biden needed to do was continue building it:

Instead, Biden sabotaged the completion of the wall, ordered an immediate halt to construction on his first day in office, impounded the funds Congress had appropriated and took steps to terminate the National Emergency declaration that had facilitated it.

The result was as predictable as thunder following lighting, and Trump insinuates Biden knew it would happen. “I built a wall,” Trump stated. “Biden built a humanitarian catastrophe.”

The actual issue dividing Biden and Democrats from Trump, Republicans, and much of America is fundamentally a vastly different view of national sovereignty. As a result, the Biden regime sees securing the border as the problem, not illegal immigration, because he and his fellow leftist globalist elites believe that hardened borders are in fact immoral. How else does one explain Biden’s actions to enact a de facto open-borders policy, all while claiming to have America’s best interest at heart? Recall that when Biden signed his executive orders ending Trump’s border enforcement policies, he said he was acting to “remove the stain” of Trump’s efforts to end illegal immigration.

Lack of a secure border and the resulting influx of illegal immigration was the leading issue that got Trump elected in 2016, and it’s shaping up to be the number one issue in 2022 and 2024.

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