President Biden Visits US-Mexico Border: Texas’s El Paso (AP) — On his first visit to the region after two years in office, President Joe Biden inspected a busy port of entry and walked a muddy section of the U.S.-Mexico border. The trip was overshadowed by the contentious immigration politics as Republicans accuse him of being responsible for record numbers of migrants entering the country.
During his first stop, the president watched as border agents in El Paso explained how they examine cars for narcotics, cash, and other contraband. He then proceeded to a deserted street and went alongside a metal border fence that divided the American city from Ciudad Juarez.
The El Paso County Migrant Services Center was his final trip, although no migrants could be seen there. He inquired with a helper about the services they provided, “If I could wave the wand, what should I do?” The response was inaudible.
Biden’s visit to El Paso lasted almost four hours and was tightly orchestrated. Except for when his motorcade passed the border and a dozen or so people could be seen on the Ciudad Juárez side, he didn’t come across any migrants. He did not spend any time at a Border Patrol station, where illegal border crossers are apprehended and detained before being released. He made no public statements.
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The visit appeared to be intended to disprove Republican allegations that there is a crisis scenario that is comparable to an open border by demonstrating how smoothly lawful travellers are processed, illicit goods are identified, and those who have entered the country illegally are treated humanely.
However, his visit was probably insufficient to appease his detractors on either side, including immigrant advocates who charge that he has adopted inhumane policies like to those of his hard-line predecessor, Donald Trump.
As soon as Biden landed in Texas, Republican Governor Greg Abbott gave him a letter stating that the president’s unwillingness to enforce federal laws was the “direct cause” of the “chaos” at the border. This was a sign of the intense sensitivities surrounding immigration. Later, while on a tour, Biden removed the letter from his jacket pocket and told reporters, “I haven’t read it yet.”
Announcing on Twitter that the Republican majority would hold the administration “accountable for creating the most deadly border crisis in American history,” House Speaker Kevin McCarthy described Biden’s visit as a “photo op.”
Judge Ricardo Samaniego of El Paso County welcomed Biden’s visit, but noted that the president was unable to observe the size of the recent influx due to a current halt in arrivals.
Today, I’m traveling to El Paso to visit the border and meet with local leaders.
Our border communities represent the best of our nation’s generosity and we’re going to get them more support while expanding legal pathways for orderly immigration and limiting illegal immigration.
— President Biden (@POTUS) January 8, 2023
Samaniego, a member of the regional group that welcomed Biden, stated, “He didn’t get to see the genuine issues.” It was fortunate that he was present. It’s the initial step. However, we still have to work harder and spend more time with him. Stay tuned to Digitalnewsexpert.com for more updates.