Former President Trump says he’ll likely visit the U.S.-Mexico border in the next few weeks.
“A lot of people want me to” visit the border, Trump told Judge Jeanine Pirro for an exclusive interview that aired on Fox News’s “Justice with Judge Jeanine” on Saturday night.
Trump called President Joe Biden’s decision to overturn the Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP) — also known as the “Remain in Mexico” policy — a “very bad decision.”
In some of his first actions in office, Biden did away with MPP, which kept foreigners who tried to enter the U.S. illegally in camps in Mexico while they awaited hearings. Instead, Biden returned to a “catch-and-release” policy in which illegal aliens are allowed to enter the U.S.
Suddenly, the flow of foreigners to the border exploded. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents apprehended nearly 100,000 people at the border in February. Last April, just more than 16,000 were captured at the border, according to Pew data.
“Thousands and thousands of people are coming up right now as we speak. And you’re going to have millions of people pouring into our country. And it’s going to destroy our country,” Trump told Pirro.
Trump said the Biden reinstate the “Remain in Mexico” policy and finish the border wall. He also said Mexico is now “very angry at us.”
“We’re not getting along with Mexico any longer. You have a great president of Mexico who was fantastic to me,” Trump said.
Trump last week accused Biden of causing “death and human tragedy” by overturning his border policies.
“We proudly handed the Biden Administration the most secure border in history,” the former president said in a statement. ” 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.”
Last week, Team Biden blamed Trump for the swarm of foreigners at the U.S. border.
“Biden officials claim Trump officials did not fully cooperate with his transition team, hindering their ability get a realistic view of potential migration, and that Trump deconstructed the immigration and asylum system – which they then inherited,” the Daily Mail reported on Sunday.
“As we were coming into the administration, we knew we were inheriting an absolute mess from the previous administration — that there were aspects of our legal immigration system that had been gutted and a department that lacked the personnel to administer our laws,” said Julie Chavez Rodriguez, the director of the White House’s office of intergovernmental affairs, according to CNN.
An unnamed administration official reportedly said: “When we came into office, like, it was a disaster. I mean, really. The staffing wasn’t in place, the structures weren’t in place.”
But former acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan told CNN that the Biden transition team was “specifically warned again and again and again,” adding that officials even modeled a projected increase in border encounters if Trump policies were withdrawn.
Still, a Biden official said they were ready for an influx. “Were we prepared? Yes,” the official told CNN. “Everyone wants to be like ‘crisis, crisis, crisis, crisis’ — but it’s like, you know what, actually, things are going really well. Yes, we brought in FEMA, but you know what? That was the responsible thing to do.”