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Biden urges Trump to lift restrictions on immigration plan amid conflicting border visits

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From the border towns of BROWNSVILLE/EAGLE PASS, Texas, ​President Joe‌ Biden and former President Donald⁣ Trump engaged in a political face-off on Thursday. The main topic of contention‍ was ⁣a stalled plan in Congress aimed at reducing migrant crossings, an issue that is expected to be‍ a key factor in the upcoming November elections.

President Biden was⁤ stationed in Brownsville, Texas, just across the Rio Grande river from Mexico.⁣ He expressed his disappointment​ with Republicans for their ​refusal to ​support ‍a bipartisan initiative ​to strengthen immigration laws.⁢ This‍ refusal came after Trump ‍urged them not to pass the legislation,⁣ as it would be seen as a​ victory⁣ for Biden.

Both Biden and Trump, who is ⁤making his third ⁤attempt to reclaim the presidency, are gearing up for what is predicted to be ⁣a tightly⁣ contested election on November 5. This election‍ is ‌shaping up to be a contentious rematch of the 2020 race.

“Here’s⁣ my message to Mr Trump: Instead of encouraging Congress members to obstruct this bill, why not ​join ⁢forces with me? Let’s urge Congress together to pass‌ this bipartisan security bill,” Biden proposed. He also emphasized the need for ⁢the public to understand the reasons behind the legislative stalemate.

After receiving a briefing from border patrol agents ⁣and other ‍officials,⁤ Biden highlighted ⁤the urgent need ‌for additional resources at the border.

Trump also met with local officials‍ and Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a fellow Republican, at⁢ the Rio Grande. He ⁢later addressed a crowd⁤ at⁤ Shelby Park in Eagle Pass, a location that ⁣has been grappling ‍with a significant ⁤influx of border-crossers in recent months.

Trump ‌referred to the situation​ at the border as a “war” and a “Biden invasion over⁢ the ⁢past three‌ years.” He cited crimes committed by migrants‌ and promised to reinstate policies from his term, including the “Remain in Mexico” ‌plan.

Several hundred Trump supporters gathered⁢ near Shelby Park, a‍ location that⁣ has ⁤been used to prevent ‍illegal border ⁣crossings. They waved “Make America Great Again” and⁣ “Never Surrender” flags.

Biden, who⁣ took office in 2021, initially promised to reverse Trump’s stringent immigration policies. However, he has ⁢since adopted a tougher stance on ⁣the issue.

Amid criticism from Republicans for his perceived failure to ⁣secure the border, Biden‌ last year urged Congress ⁣to allocate more funding for enforcement. He also stated that he would “shut down‍ the border” if⁢ granted the⁤ authority to‌ turn back migrants.

The White House is reportedly considering using⁢ executive ⁤power⁤ to deny more migrants ‍asylum at the border. Republicans argue that Biden could more‌ effectively enforce existing laws and take new executive⁣ action ‍without needing Congressional approval.

Biden was ⁤accompanied by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, who narrowly avoided impeachment by Republican lawmakers over⁢ his handling of the border crisis.

“This visit is ‌about the work we do, ⁣not the rhetoric ‌of others,” Mayorkas stated to⁣ reporters on Air Force‍ One.

Increasing voter concern

A Reuters-Ipsos poll conducted on January 31 ⁤revealed ‍a growing concern ⁢among Americans about immigration. The issue was listed as the most ⁤important ‌problem facing the U.S. by 17% of respondents, a significant increase‌ from 11%⁤ in ​December.

For Republican respondents, immigration⁢ was the top concern, ⁢with 36% citing it as ‍their‍ main⁢ worry, surpassing​ the 29% ‌who listed the economy.

During his visit, Trump was ‍joined by Governor Abbott, who has been ​constructing⁤ a military “base camp” at Eagle Pass to deter ⁢migrants.

Despite a sharp decrease in illegal border crossings ‌into both Eagle​ Pass and Brownsville in January and‍ February, these locations remain hotspots in the ongoing partisan⁢ debate over border security.

Illegal crossings ‌at ‌the U.S.-Mexico border reached a ​record monthly⁣ high of ⁣250,000 in‌ December but fell by half in January. ⁤U.S. officials attribute this decrease to⁣ increased enforcement⁣ by Mexico and seasonal trends.

‘Desperate to cross’

A federal judge in Texas recently blocked a new state law ⁤that granted ⁢officials ‍extensive powers to arrest, prosecute, and deport ​individuals who cross the border illegally.

Under​ a ​program called Operation Lone Star, Governor Abbott has deployed thousands of National Guard troops ⁢and installed concertina wire and river buoys to deter ⁢illegal immigration.

Some⁤ Democrats in Maverick ​County, a rare Democratic stronghold in the​ predominantly​ Republican‍ state of Texas, told Reuters they were considering supporting‍ Trump.

Wendy Riojas, a 25-year-old resident⁣ of Eagle Pass, voted for Biden in 2020 but is unsure ‌who she will ‌support in the upcoming election.

“You feel for people in desperate situations who are risking everything to cross over,” she said.‌ “But I’m starting ‌to understand ⁢the Republican perspective of focusing⁤ on ourselves ⁤first.”

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Agree – Biden’s call to lift restrictions on immigration plan is a step towards prioritizing humanitarian needs over political agendas.

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