Former President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday he will visit the U.S.-Mexico border on June 30th, accepting the invitation of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R).
Trump said in a statement that "the Biden administration inherited from me the strongest, safest, and most secure border in U.S. history and in mere weeks they turned it into the single worst border crisis in U.S. history. It's an unmitigated disaster zone."
"We went from detain-and-remove to catch-and-release. 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 Harris have handed control of our border over to cartels, criminals, and coyotes. Drug dealers, MS-13 gang members, human smugglers, sex traffickers, and the criminal elements of the world now have free reign. Hospitals and schools are getting crushed and public health is being sacrificed all in service of a radical left anti-borders agenda."
Trump also commended the men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol and ICE.
"Our brave border agents and courageous ICE officers have been illegally stopped from doing their jobs," Trump continued. "Our Nation is now one giant sanctuary city where even dangerous criminals are being cut loose and set free inside the U.S. interior on a daily basis."
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) tweeted on Wednesday, "Joe Biden and Kamala Harris' political decisions gave rise to the highest rate of illegal immigration in 20 years. They:
- Halted construction of the border wall,
- Reinstituted the failed policy of 'catch and release',
- Ended the Remain in Mexico policy."
Cruz also included a video of a recent speech he gave on the Senate floor concerning the problems at the U.S. southern border.
"The crisis that has unfolded is the direct result of political decisions made by Joe Biden and Kamala Harris," Cruz said. "Number one – The first week in office, President Biden immediately halted construction of the border wall. Number two – That same week, President Biden reinstated the failed 'catch and release' policy."
"And number three – most inexplicably, the Biden administration ended the remain in Mexico international agreement," he continued. "An historic agreement negotiated by President Trump with the government of Mexico. Whereby the government of Mexico agreed that those who illegally crossed into Mexico, would remain in Mexico while their asylum proceedings were pending in the United States."
"That agreement was a tremendous success," Cruz noted. "It produced last year the lowest rate of illegal immigration in 45 years. Let me repeat that. Just six months ago, our country achieved the lowest rate of illegal immigration in 45 years. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris come into office, they rip to pieces the international agreement that produced that success. And today, we have the highest rate of illegal immigration in 20 years."
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris' political decisions gave rise to the highest rate of illegal immigration in 20 years.
Halted construction of the border wall
Reinstituted the failed policy of "catch and release"
Ended the Remain in Mexico policy pic.twitter.com/NgxoZszEaU
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) June 16, 2021
Meanwhile, The Washington Examiner reports Texas plans to solicit donations from the public to cover the cost of finishing the border wall along the state's 1,250-mile border with Mexico.
"For everybody in the United States, everybody in the entire world that wants to help Texas build the border wall, there will be a place on there where they can contribute to Texas building the border wall," Gov. Abbott said in an interview on the conservative podcast Ruthless.
The state will create a website to accept donations. Abbott's office told the Examiner on Tuesday the governor will share details about the project later this week.