Former President Donald Trump, who is trying to attract national attention, went to the US-Mexico border, where he accused President Joe Biden of neglecting national security interests due to the weakening of border controls.
Speaking with his colleague, Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Trump said that the border policy pursued by his Democratic successor has led to an increase in illegal immigration and drug smuggling.
“Do they really want to open the border or are they incompetent?” – said Trump, speaking at the border.
Donald Trump remains one of the most influential figures in the Republican Party and does not rule out that he will run for president again in 2024. His appearance in the Weslaco area in south Texas was his second public appearance this week.
The former president is struggling not to disappear from the sight of Americans after his loss in the November elections, as well as after blocking his Facebook and Twitter accounts.
The criminal investigation being conducted against Trump’s business empire could be another turning point in his return to big politics. On Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal reported that on Thursday, the Manhattan District Attorney will bring charges of tax crimes against the Trump Company and its CFO.
According to Reuters, the number of arrests at the southwestern border rose to the highest monthly level in two decades after Biden took office.
According to the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration, the synthetic opioid fentanyl, which is the leading cause of overdose deaths, has become increasingly available in the United States since 2014.
Since taking office in January, Biden has reversed many of Trump’s restrictive immigration orders. He stopped the construction of the border wall and ended a program under which tens of thousands of migrants were in Mexico until their cases were resolved in American immigration courts.
Republicans blame Biden’s more benevolent policy towards migrants for the increase in the number of arrests at the border.
Immigration is likely to be the centerpiece of the party’s campaign to regain control of Congress in next year’s midterm elections.
A Reuters / Ipsos poll conducted from June 11 to 17 shows that this criticism is ineffective: only about 10% of participants in the survey, which was attended by 4,420 people, named immigration as the top priority, which is 5 points less than in April. Among Republicans, 19% called immigration a top priority, which is 10 points less than in April.
The level of approval of Biden’s border policy among Americans remains virtually unchanged: 47% of respondents disapprove of the administration’s actions regarding immigration, 40% support it.
Vice President Kamala Harris, who was tasked by President Joe Biden to address the root causes of people’s migration from Central America – poverty, crime, corruption and the effects of climate change – called on authorities at all levels to “focus on practical solutions” during a visit to the US-Mexico border at the end of last week.