Donald Trump on Wednesday prepared a sobering assessment of immigration policy for his successor Joe Biden that, on his first major field visit since leaving the White House, he chose to go “to admire” his famous “wall” on the border with Mexico.
Boundaries of “extremely dangerous”, “sick country”: Leaving the promise of a new presidential nomination in 2024, the Republican has lost none of his troubling rhetoric during five months of “retirement” in his palatial residences in Florida and New Jersey.
Along with Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Texas Mayor in cowboy hats, the former president attended a “Border Security” meeting in the small town of Weslaco on the south end of the river, Texas.
“We now have open borders, very dangerous, and more dangerous than ever in the history of our country,” he said.
Then he went to the border between the United States and Mexico in the Rio Grande Valley, about thirty kilometers away.
“We will admire the wall,” he said.
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“Build a wall! This outcry permeated his campaign meetings before his 2016 election.
During his four years as chief, he said about 800 kilometers have been completed, most of these parts being improvements to existing fences.
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 disastrous invitation to fly.
Things have changed quickly and profoundly under the Biden administration. It was unbelievable and disastrous, said Governor Abbott.
Spring was marked by record arrests on the southern border of the United States, which is 3,200 kilometers long. In May, about 180,000 people were arrested after crossing illegally, the highest level in 15 years.
“We did a great job and in a few months, everything was destroyed,” Donald Trump said during the meeting.
Without waiting for the White House, Greg Abbott decreed in mid-June that Texas would continue to build the border wall. And the Republican Governor of South Dakota, Kristi Noem, announced that she would send a few dozen soldiers from the National Guard in her state, more than 2,000 kilometers north, to the border.
Democrats denounce political stances and cite many factors that may have played in favor of the increase, while recalling the controversial policy of Donald Trump.
Under his leadership, nearly 4,000 immigrant children have been separated from their families. More than 2,000 people had yet to meet their relatives in early June.
“For four years, Republicans have been silent while Trump has been sabotaging our immigration system,” Democratic Party spokesman Ammar Musa said on Wednesday, calling the former president’s visit a “clown show.”
Banned from social networks since the deadly attack on the Capitol by his supporters on January 6, Donald Trump remains highly influential in his party.
He is determined to continue to influence American politics ahead of the parliamentary and local midterm elections in November 2022.
After months of semi-silence, his schedule began to accelerate. Next Saturday there will be another big meeting in Sarasota, Florida.
The platform rediscovered this supercharged atmosphere in Ohio last Saturday.
In front of thousands of his supporters, he repeated his baseless allegations about the presidential elections that could have been “stolen” from him. He mentions, indirectly, a new presidential nomination in 2024.
In Texas, he returned to the charges, but were dismissed by dozens of courts.
“We have a sick country in many ways,” he told Weslaco. “If you don’t have good elections and if you don’t have strong borders, you won’t have a state.”