Former President Donald Trump on Friday accused President Biden of inspiring a migration “tsunami” on the US-Mexico border by undoing Trump’s policies on asylum and illegal immigration.
Trump launched a 428-word email attack blaming Biden for the increase at the border that already required the opening of two overflow facilities for unaccompanied minors.
“Our border is now totally out of control thanks to the disastrous leadership of Joe Biden,” Trump wrote.
“Every hour there is a massive incursion into the country of people who shouldn’t be here, which worsens by the minute. Many have criminal records and many others have and are spreading COVID. Domestic law enforcement has been closed – criminals who were once swiftly expelled by our administration are now being released back onto the streets to commit heinous and violent crimes, ”Trump said.
“The spiraling tsunami at the border is overwhelming local communities, depleting budgets, crowding hospitals and taking jobs from legal American workers. When I left office, we had achieved the safest border in the history of our country. Under Biden, it will soon be worse, more dangerous, and more out of control than ever. He has violated his oath in office to defend our Constitution and enforce our laws. “
Biden halted construction of Trump’s border wall in Mexico and last month began ending the “Remain in Mexico” policy, according to which about 71,000 Central American asylum seekers expected rulings in Mexico. Asylum seekers who are allowed to wait for rulings within the US can, in some circumstances, obtain work permits while they wait.
In January, which saw the final weeks of Trump’s term and the start of Biden’s, border agents detained nearly 78,000 people, up from 36,679 in January 2020. Approximately 2,200 unaccompanied children crossed the border each week in February. .
“I had a great relationship with Mexico and its wonderful president, but all that has been dissipated by the great incompetence and radicalism of the people who are currently in charge. The Remain in Mexico policy was amazing, but Biden dropped it right away, probably because it worked so well, “Trump said.
“Likewise, our Third Security Agreements in Central America were extraordinarily successful, which is why Biden foolishly abandoned them as well. We stopped paying the hundreds of millions of dollars they were paid and then we developed an excellent relationship that made our country and their countries safer. “
Trump said the Biden administration has “given smugglers and traffickers effective control of our border” and predicted that the border crisis would worsen.
“There has never been a moment on our southern border like what is happening now, but more importantly, what is about to happen,” Trump said.
“Now that Biden has implemented Catch-and-Release across the country, illegal immigrants from all corners of the Earth will descend on our border and will never be returned. You can never have a secure border unless people crossing illegally are immediately expelled. “
In addition to relaxing the rules of the Trump era, Biden issued an order affirming the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which grants work permits and protection from deportation to people brought into the U.S. illegally. minors, and proposed legislation that would create a path to citizenship for the approximately 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States.
Republicans say the possibility of US citizenship is serving as a “pull” factor for more migration.
House Democrats plan to vote this month on bills that would offer legal status to farm workers who currently do not have government permission to work and allow a path to citizenship for people illegally brought to the United States as minors. old.
Trump maintained in his statement that “ICE officers are desperate to get these convicted criminals out, but Biden will not allow them” and that “[o]”Our top Border Patrol and ICE agents have been disrespected, degraded and mocked by the Biden Administration.”
Trump concluded: “The Biden Administration must act immediately to end the border nightmare they have unleashed on our nation. Keep China’s illegal immigration, crime and virus out of our country! “