Joe Biden allegedly intends to finally pay his first-ever visit to the southern border of the United States since he first rose to power in January of 2021.
According to ABC News, Biden’s planned trip to the border will coincide with his plans to visit Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in Mexico City, where he will also meet with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
“That’s my intention, we’re working out the details now,” Biden said to the press while visiting Kentucky on Wednesday. Biden said that he hopes to see “what’s going on” at the border, which has seen a flood of illegal aliens cross over since he took office and began implementing an open-borders approach.
One of the most sustained criticisms of Biden from the Republican Party has been his poor handling of the border and immigration policy, highlighted by his refusal to even visit and see the damage for himself. The Biden Administration announced in 2021 that it would be appointing Vice President Kamala Harris as the “border czar,” but she too failed to visit the border for some time; she finally paid a visit only after former President Donald Trump announced his plans to visit the border first.
In response to the news, some Republicans voiced their approval of Biden’s decision to make the long overdue trip. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) tweeted that he was “pleased President Biden will finally visit our southern border – which has been completely surrendered to the cartels, smugglers, and human traffickers.”
The number of illegal aliens crossing the border has risen exponentially since Biden took office, repeatedly shattering monthly and yearly records. For the most part, the Biden Administration has refused to enforce border security and has largely allowed illegals to come into the country, often releasing them after a short period of detention. Biden campaigned for the presidency in 2020 by promising taxpayer-funded benefits to illegals, including free healthcare, free education, and free housing.
In the latest efforts to weaken border security, the Biden White House has set its sights on Title 42, the public health policy that was utilized to great success during the Trump Administration. Enacted shortly after the start of the Chinese coronavirus pandemic, Title 42 gave the executive branch even greater authority to restrict legal and illegal immigration to the United States, citing the threat of potentially spreading COVID-19 as a result of mass migration. With this policy, immigration to the United States was reduced to nearly zero in 2020.
Biden has since announced his intentions to end Title 42, which has led to another massive surge of illegals preparing to cross the border in anticipation of the policy’s end. However, the Supreme Court of the United States has ordered a temporary halt to the end of the policy, as it waits to hear oral arguments from a coalition of 19 Republican-led states that are demanding the policy be kept in place.