Former President Donald Trump attacked President Joe Biden for an ongoing surge of migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in a video posted on his Truth Social platform last week.
“Our country is under invasion,” Trump said in the video. “Our country is being poisoned.”
“Remember, our border is not open because of insufficient resources or legal authorities. Our border is open because Joe Biden has ordered it to be open and because Biden has broken the law and torn it to shreds. He has shredded our system, and he’s destroying our country,” he added.
He said freeing illegal migrants has “nothing to do with asylum.”
“Everyone knows this is a pretext, and this is a fraud,” he said. “Anyone who pretends otherwise plays into the hands of Biden and the criminal cartels.”
Trump said that Biden “inherited a flawless deportation system that was working like never before.”
“The most important reform needed right now is a total ban on Biden using taxpayer dollars to free illegal aliens,” Trump said, “and criminal penalties for administrative non-compliance, which happens every single minute of every day.”
More migrants were apprehended on the southern border in November – 233,740 – than any previous November, ABC News reported. The situation has been particularly noted in El Paso, Texas, where thousands of migrants arrived per day at times this month.
Over the weekend, busloads of migrants were dropped off in front of Vice President Kamala Harris’ home in Washington, D.C., as reported by CNN. Some Republican governors have been sending migrants to Democratic-led cities for several months.
Border discussion is currently swirling around the possible end of Title 42, a Trump-era policy that allowed for quicker expulsions of migrants during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Supreme Court this week temporarily blocked the Biden administration’s effort to lift the policy, which 19 Republican-led states argued would trigger an even bigger surge, as reported by the New York Times.