Trump eyes visit to US-Mexico border soon but is waiting for Biden to fail first, former aide says

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Former President Donald Trump participates in a ceremony commemorating the 200th mile of border wall at the international border with Mexico in San Luis, Arizona, June 23, 2020.

  • Trump may visit the US-Mexico border “soon,” former senior adviser Jason Miller said in a podcast.
  • He is waiting for Biden to “go and fail on his own” before he makes the trip, Miller said.
  • Trump has previously criticized Biden for the “dangerous” surge of migrants at the border.
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Former President Donald Trump is considering visiting the US-Mexico border but is waiting for President Joe Biden to “fail on his own” first, former aide Jason Miller said in a podcast on Friday.

Miller, a senior adviser on Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign, was asked whether Trump was going to head to the border imminently to address the surge of migrants waiting to be let into the US, the Independent reported.

“We discussed that recently, I could see him doing that soon,” Miller said on “The Michael Berry Show” podcast.

The former president is holding off on the trip, for now, Miller said. He is intent on waiting for Biden to “go and fail on his own before he goes and steps in on that,” the former aide added.

“I think there’s a very fine line between calling someone out on policies and then appearing to do something that’s showboating or give Joe Biden an opportunity to point and say, ‘See this isn’t serious, look at President Trump down at the border making a scene out of this’,” Miller also said in the podcast, reported the Independent.

“So not immediately but I could see a trip at some point in the future here,” Miller went on. “But it is something that President Trump is really concerned about.”

On Saturday night, Trump directly addressed a potential visit to the US-Mexico border, saying in a Fox News interview that “a lot of people” want him to go.

Asked by Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro when he plans to make the trip down to the border, Trump did not give a specific date.

“Over the next couple of weeks,” he said. “The Border Patrol wants me to go. Probably over the next couple of weeks. I don’t think there’s a rush for me to go.”

Thousands of migrants have traveled to the border in recent months, with an unprecedented number waiting to be allowed into the US.

US officials have attributed the rush of immigrants to the Biden administration’s “more humane” immigration policy.

Biden has tried to stress that there is nothing unique about the border surge. “I like to think it’s because I’m a nice guy, but it’s not, it’s happened every year,” Biden said during his first solo press conference. “The reason they’re coming is it’s the time they can travel with the least likelihood of dying because of the heat in the desert.”

Trump, however, has been vocal in his opposition to the new immigration agenda. In a statement earlier this month, the former president referred to the “spiraling tsunami at the border” as “dangerous.”

In his interview with Pirro on Saturday, Trump called the influx of migrants at the border a “dangerous situation” and tore into the immigration policies put forth by the Biden administration.

“This is going to destroy our country,” he said.

“We have potentially millions of people coming up over a fairly short period of time. And these are people that in a large way are not people we want in our country,” he added, once again referring to migrants as “murderers” and “rapists.”

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Biden tells Central American migrants: ‘Don’t come over’

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A US Customs and Border Protection agent stands guard on the US side of the US-Mexico border fence.

  • President Biden told people from Central America to stay in their “town or city or community.”
  • He said this in a televised interview after a marked increase in migrants at the US-Mexico border.
  • The Biden administration is also bracing for a surge in unaccompanied migrant children at the border.
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President Biden has told people from Central America not to come to the US after reports of a massive surge in migrants at the US-Mexico border.

“Yes, I can say quite clearly: Don’t come over… in the process of getting set up, don’t leave your town or city or community,” said Biden in a televised interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC News Tuesday night.

Biden said that there had been a “surge” in migrants in 2019 and 2020 as well, but acknowledged that this sudden increase in people heading to the border “could be worse.”

“I heard the idea that they’re coming because I’m a nice guy,” he said.

Biden campaigned on an immigration policy overhaul, with key changes that would make the US more welcoming and that he would treat migrants fairly and humanely.

But the president’s new comments come as his administration stares down the barrel of what could become a humanitarian crisis at the country’s southern border.

According to an article by NBC News, homeland security secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has acknowledged that US border patrol could be encountering more immigrants at the southern border.

This is because the US is on-pace to encounter more people at the U.S.-Mexico border “than we have in the last 20 years,” Mayjorkas said.

According to Axios, border patrol is struggling as it attempts to process and care for scores of families and children from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador while coping as well with pandemic restrictions.

Many of these immigrants have undertaken a dangerous journey to the US-Mexico border in a bid to escape crises back home – including gang violence, severe poverty, and natural disasters.

The Biden administration is also bracing for a surge in unaccompanied migrant children crossing the border after the president overturned a Trump Covid-era policy of turning them away.

An AP report in February said that an overflow shelter would be re-opened in Carrizo Springs, Texas. An Axios report indicated a downtown Dallas convention center would be used to house around 3,000 migrant teens.

A Yahoo News article also noted that Biden had been briefed that 20,000 additional beds would be needed to shelter children who may arrive at the border this year.

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