Former US President Donald Trump will visit the border with Mexico on Wednesday to denounce the “worst immigration crisis” in US history, caused, according to him, by President Joe Biden’s policy.
With those words, “the southern border is in ruins” and “a real disaster area,” waving the promise of running again for the presidential election in 2024, he announced his first field visit since he left the White House on January 20 to head for Weslaco, the small town on the southern tip. Texas near the border.
On January 12 in Texas, he made his last official visit to speak there, too, on immigration. “Build the wall,” these chants used to dominate his campaign rallies before he was elected president in 2016.
600 km from the wall
Over the course of his four years in office, nearly 600 km of the wall was completed. However, the works carried out within the framework of this project were mostly limited to improvements or reinforcements to existing border facilities.
For Republicans, it’s clear: The billionaire program worked, but the arrival of Democratic President Joe Biden in the White House on the promise of a “more humane” immigration policy created a near-disaster.
A special wall on the US border with Mexico
Spring saw record numbers of arrests on the US’s 3,200 km southern border. In May, about 180,000 people were arrested after crossing that border illegally, a new record in 15 years.
The opposition accuses US Vice President in charge of this file, Kamala Harris, of ignoring the “crisis.”
In turn, Republican Greg Abbott announced in mid-June that Texas would continue building the border wall. For its part, the Republican Governor of South Dakota, Kristi Noem, announced that she would send dozens of National Guard soldiers from her state, located 2,000 km north, to the border.