Former President Donald Trump tore into President Biden’s handling of the border crisis – arguing that Biden is allowing the country to be “destroyed” by the recent surge of migrants.
Trump released a statement on Tuesday, pointing to his border policy wins as president, noting that under his watch the US-Mexico border was “in great shape” and was “stronger, safer and more secure than ever before.”
He also said that the border wall “would have easily” been completed if not for Democrats stalling the project.
“We ended Catch-and-Release, shut down asylum fraud and crippled the vicious smugglers, drug dealers and human traffickers,” wrote the former president. “The Wall, despite horrendous Democratic delays, would have easily been finished by now, and is working magnificently.”
Trump concluded: “Our country is being destroyed at the Southern border, a terrible thing to see!”
Trump’s statement comes as the Biden administration is faced with a massive wave of illegal migrants at the southern border.
The “overwhelming” number of migrants seen at the border had Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas ask for volunteers in his agency to help deal with the crisis.
It was reported on Tuesday that U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) would be shutting down three border checkpoints in Arizona as the agency has trouble dealing with the giant flux of migrants.
Julie Pace, a reporter with the Associated Press, said in an interview at the start of the week that the Biden administration has no plan in place to deal with President Joe Biden’s border crisis and that migrants are reading his policies as an open invitation to come to the U.S.
When asked by Fox News host Chris Wallace if Biden had a plan to get his border crisis under control, Pace responded, “Well, they don’t have a plan at the moment to get this under control.”
“We do know that the White House is dispatching some officials to the border to try to see this situation firsthand,” she continued. “But, right now, they’re caught in this situation where they are saying that the policy steps that we’ve seen Biden take on emigration, essentially rolling back a lot of the Trump administration’s deterrence policies should not be read by migrants as an open invitation. Do not amass at the border. This does not mean you can get across easily.”
“But for all of their talk about that, all of their messaging on it, that’s not the message that is actually being received by a lot of migrants and so you do have this situation where people are increasingly coming to the border, families with young children do feel like this is a moment where they can get into the United States,” she added.
“They do feel like there’s going to be a more receptive policy from the Biden administration. So this is the challenge that the White House has. If they don’t think that their policy actually is an open invitation, then they have to signal that more clearly because that is — that is, obviously, not the way it is being interpreted at the moment.”