During a recent visit to the U.S.–Mexico border, former President Donald Trump gave a frank assessment of his successor’s approach to border security — and left behind a special challenge to President Joe Biden to visit the border to see his own shortcomings for himself.
Speaking at a Wednesday event in Texas, Trump held nothing back as he excoriated President Joe Biden for his administration’s handling of a recent record-breaking surge in migration at the southern border.
“We went from detain-and-remove to catch-and-release,” Trump said Wednesday, according to the Daily Caller.
“We went from having border security that was the envy of the world to a lawless border that is now pitied around the world,” the former president added. “Biden and [Vice President Kamala] Harris have handed control of our border over to cartels, criminals, and coyotes.”
“A sick country”
Trump went on to say that Biden’s policies have created something of a “sick country.”
“We have a sick country in many ways,” he told listeners, as The Hill reported. “It’s sick in elections, and it’s sick in the border. And if you don’t have good elections, and if you don’t have a strong border, you don’t have a country.”
But if Biden thought images of overcrowded migrant housing facilities at the border were bad for his reputation, Trump’s trip to the border only bolstered the problem. The former president and his party have created a nightmare situation for the White House as it pushes back against questions of Biden’s ineptitude, particularly when it comes to immigration policy.
At this point, even many on the left want to see Biden issue a stronger response at the border.
Trump exposes Biden
The ball is in Biden’s court. The question is: Will the president take up Trump’s challenge and actually do something about the border crisis? And even if he does, will it look like he only went because Trump did first?
Those questions were already raised after Vice President Harris’ recent trip to the border, which came after months of urging from Republicans and which quickly faced heavy criticism from members of both sides of the political aisle who accused the VP of “intentionally avoiding the Rio Grande Valley,” where authorities say the worst of the migration crisis can be seen.
“If she was serious about addressing this humanitarian crisis, she would go to the Donna Facility where [Customs and Border Protection] has been overwhelmed with record levels of unaccompanied minors,” Republican Rep. Rick Allen (GA) said, according to Newsweek.
With midterms on the horizon, the White House is running out of time to solve this problem and save its image as the Democrats look to hold onto their majorities in Congress. The clock is ticking.