Even as Democrats — and a handful of Republicans — pursue a second effort to impeach and remove him, President Donald Trump once again demonstrated his commitment to a longstanding pledge dating back to his 2016 White House bid.
As Fox News reported, the president took a trip to Texas this week, where he marked the accomplishment of constructing or repairing 450 miles of barrier along the southern U.S. border.
Progress in the face of Democratic opposition
It marked his first public appearance since last week’s civil unrest on Capitol Hill, which a number of politicos on both sides of the aisle have blamed — at least in part — on Trump’s rhetoric.
Throughout his initial presidential campaign, Trump focused heavily on the threat posed by undocumented immigration, opening himself up to criticism from Democrats and many in the mainstream media who attempted to label his policy proposals racist.
Although it took most of his first term to accomplish significant headway in border wall construction efforts, some of the delay can be attributed to Democratic opposition.
Recent updates, however, show that 450 miles of the barrier have been completed with another 300 miles either under construction or slated to begin soon.
Nevertheless, critics of the Trump administration have pointed out that much of that progress consists of replaced sections of the wall that had already been erected. Many experts have noted that the upgraded sections are notably more secure than the initial wall.
“I kept my promises”
For his part, Trump touted the accomplishment while speaking to reporters in Alamo, Texas, on Tuesday.
“Unlike those who came before me, I kept my promises,” he declared. “Today, we celebrate an extraordinary milestone: the completion of the promised 450 miles of border wall.”
Days away from the impending inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, some Trump supporters are nervous about the direction of America’s immigration policy going forward.
Trump indirectly addressed the prospect that a Biden administration would mean a softer approach to undocumented immigrants.
“They’re coming because they think that it’s a gravy train at the end,” the president said. “It’s going to be a gravy train. Change the name from the caravans, which I think we came up with, to the gravy train because that’s what they’re looking for — looking for the gravy.”