Former President Donald Trump released a statement on Sunday slamming President Joe Biden’s southern border policies for turning "a national triumph into a national disaster" through the new administration’s approach to the crisis.
"We proudly handed the Biden Administration the most secure border in history. All they had to do was keep this smooth-running system on autopilot. Instead, in the span of a just few weeks, the Biden Administration has turned a national triumph into a national disaster. They are in way over their heads and taking on water fast."
Trump added, "The pathetic, clueless performance of Secretary Mayorkas on the Sunday Shows today was a national disgrace. His self-satisfied presentation—in the middle of the massive crisis he helped engineer—is yet more proof he is incapable of leading DHS. Even someone of Mayorkas' limited abilities should understand that if you provide Catch-and-Release to the world’s illegal aliens then the whole world will come."
The former President continued that "the Mayorkas Gag Order on our Nation’s heroic border agents and ICE officers should be the subject of an immediate congressional investigation. But it’s clear they are engaged in a huge cover-up to hide just how bad things truly are. The only way to end the Biden Border Crisis is for them to admit their total failure and adopt the profoundly effective, proven Trump policies."
Trump then outlined his solution to the crisis. "They must immediately complete the wall, which can be done in a matter of weeks—they should never have stopped it."
Trump concluded the statement with, "They are causing death and human tragedy. In addition to the obvious, drugs are pouring into our country at record levels from the Southern Border, not to mention human and sex trafficking. This Administration's reckless policies are enabling and encouraging crimes against humanity. Our Country is being destroyed!"
The former President’s statement came the same day Biden told reporters that he intends to travel to the US southern border "at some point," and followed up by stating that he is in no rush to go because "I know what's going in those facilities."
The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that more than 100,000 migrants have come to the border in February and numbers of child migrants in custody have also increased dramatically. Detention facilities, especially those for children separated from their families and journeying to the US alone, have been operating far beyond maximum capacity.
The Biden administration is attempting to add facilities to house migrants, including stadiums, civic centers, NASA sites and military bases, as well as building extra facilities. According to a report, the Biden administration plans to spend over $80 million dollars housing migrants in hotels. The administration is even considering flying migrants from the southern border to the Canadian border processing sites to reduce the workload.
The surge began after Biden rolled back a number of Trump-era immigration restrictions, including the "Remain-in-Mexico" method for entry to the US and reinstating the "catch-and-release" policy. However, Biden may be reconsidering reinstituting the former of the two policies telling reporters on Sunday that "they can stay in place and make their case from their home country."